Litigator of the Week

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.

Jonathan Mitchell.

Litigator of the Week: Jonathan Mitchell

By Scott Flaherty |

An unexpected champion of class action rights, law professor Jonathan Mitchell helped win a rare victory for consumers at the Supreme Court.

Stuart Singer, left, and David Barrett, right.

Litigators of the Week: Stuart Singer and David Barrett of Boies Schiller

By Susan Beck |

In the latest settlement tied to so-called feeder funds that funneled money to Bernie Madoff, PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to pay $55 million to investors.

Bill Lee

Litigator of the Week: Wilmer's William Lee

By Scott Flaherty |

Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court dealt Cisco Systems a stinging defeat, Lee reversed his client’s fortunes at the Federal Circuit.

Christopher Landau of Kirkland & Ellis.

Litigator of the Week: Christopher Landau of Kirkland & Ellis

By Susan Beck |

Landau kept up a defense winning streak in cases challenging consumer contracts that mandate arbitration.

Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly.

Litigator of the Week: Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly

By Susan Beck |

To vacate the conviction of a former bond trader who had admitting to lying to investors, Shanmugam pressed a bold argument: Lots of bond traders lie.

David Gindler

Litigator of the Week: David Gindler of Irell & Manella

By Scott Flaherty |

In a closely watched patent battle over fetal DNA testing, Gindler cut off his opponent’s options one by one.

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.