Litigator of the Week

Gibson Dunn's Brian Lutz

Litigator of the Week: Brian Lutz of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Scott Flaherty |

By going on the offensive for client Depomed, Lutz helped bring an abrupt end to a $1.75 billion hostile takeover bid.

Litigator of the Week: Steven Thomas of Thomas, Alexander & Forrester

By Scott Flaherty |

The Sullivan & Cromwell partner turned plaintiffs lawyer says a verdict he won against Ernst & Young may be his most significant yet.

Litigator of the Week: Michael Myers of McClanahan Myers Espey

By Scott Flaherty |

A Houston plaintiffs lawyer and a dentist took on the International Trade Commission’s authority to regulate data transmissions, and they won.

Litigators of the Week: James Thompson of Winston & Strawn and Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter

By Scott Flaherty |

Is Philip Morris finally clear of a $10.1 billion verdict for misleading smokers? The roller-coaster case is still too early to call, but Thompson and Blatt may be close to claiming a final victory.

Litigator of the Week: Robert Schwartz and Victor Jih of Irell & Manella

By Scott Flaherty |

After steadily chipping away at claims that online video provider Hulu LLC broke privacy laws by sharing users’ viewing histories, Schwartz and Jih finally closed the book on the case.

Christine Lepera.

Litigator of the Week: Christine Lepera of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

By Scott Flaherty |

Months after Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams suffered a major blow in the "Blurred Lines" case, Lepera helped score a big win for music copyright defendants in the battle over Jay-Z’s "Big Pimpin'."

Litigator of the Week: Eric Maier of Maier Shoch

By Scott Flaherty |

Maier and his tiny firm prevailed over top-shelf opposing counsel in a copyright fight with controversial hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury.

Litigators of the Week: John O’Quinn and Steven Cherny of Kirkland & Ellis

By Scott Flaherty |

In a $2 billion patent battle with roots as old as the lawyers who fought it, Cherny and O’Quinn can finally claim a final victory.

Litigators of the Week: Jonathan Cohn and Mark Hopson of Sidley Austin

By Scott Flaherty |

Litigation’s always a gamble, and there was no exception for Sidley Austin as it defended Bayer AG in a dispute with the Federal Trade Commission over Bayer's promotion of its Phillips Colon Health probiotic supplement.

Litigator of the Week: Mark Rifkin of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz

By Scott Flaherty |

It took a class action plaintiffs lawyer to make sure no one ever gets sued again over “Happy Birthday.”

Jeffrey Kessler leaves Manhattan federal court after a hearing in the Tom Brady case on Aug. 19.

Litigator of the Week: Jeffrey Kessler of Winston & Strawn

By Scott Flaherty |

The NFL’s toughest courtroom foe struck again, just in time for kickoff.

Litigator of the Week: Joseph Neuhaus of Sullivan & Cromwell

By Scott Flaherty |

Thanks to Neuhaus, after nine years of litigation, Argentina’s central bank is off the hook from having to cover more than $2 billion in defaulted Argentinian bond debt.

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.