Litigator of the Week

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.

Attorney Kent Yalowitz

Litigator of the Week: Kent Yalowitz of Arnold & Porter

By David Bario |

Yalowitz said the Anti-Terrorism Act case he took to trial against the Palestinian Authority and the PLO "was a very, very tough case to carry." But carry it he did, all the way to a $655.5 million verdict this week.

Litigators of the Week: Steven Kobre of Kobre & Kim and Herbert Stern of Stern & Kilcullen

By David Bario |

The pair helped Chevron chalk up another win in its epic fight with Ecuadorean environmental plaintiffs, forcing online poker magnate Russell DeLeon to renounce his $23 million investment in the Ecuador case.

Amy Caton

Litigator of the Week: Amy Caton of Kramer Levin

By Scott Flaherty |

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel’s Amy Caton is no stranger to litigating high-profile bankruptcy matters. But few cases require overturning a law to serve your client’s interests.

Litigators of the Week: Van Beckwith and Michael Calhoon of Baker Botts

By David Bario |

Beckwith and Calhoon knew they faced a big challenge defending Russia's Gazprom against a $1.4 billion trade secrets case on Texas turf. So when they saw a chance to derail the case midway through trial, they pounced.

Michael Dowd of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.

Litigators of the Week: Michael Dowd and Jason Forge of Robbins Geller

By Scott Flaherty |

Pfizer Inc. and a phalanx of defense lawyers spent five years trying to defeat an investor class action related to off-label drug marketing. But Robbins Geller kept the case alive until a looming trial pressured the drug maker to cut a $400 million deal.

William Jay of Goodwin Procter

Litigator of the Week: William Jay of Goodwin Procter

By Scott Flaherty |

Jay scored a key patent victory for Teva at the U.S. Supreme Court, reversing a loss for his client and persuading the court once again to rein in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Stephen Korniczky

Litigator of the Week: Stephen Korniczky of Sheppard Mullin

By Scott Flaherty |

Korniczky didn't just soundly defeat a patent lawsuit against his client HTC. After six years of litigation—and some help from his big brother—he turned the tables so thoroughly on his opponent's lawyers that they're now on the hook for as much as $4.7 million in sanctions.

Kevin Abrams

Litigator of the Week: Kevin Abrams of Abrams & Bayliss

By Scott Flaherty |

Siding with Abrams, a Delaware judge refused to foist new rules on hedge funds using a strategy called appraisal arbitrage to squeeze profits out of allegedly undervalued M&A deals.

Litigators of the Week: A Look (Way) Back

By Julie Triedman |

In five years of Litigator of the Week features, a handful of partners and their law firms managed to stand out from their competitors.

Litigators of the Week: William Isaacson and Karen Dunn of Boies, Schiller & Flexner

By David Bario |

Plaintiffs lawyers kept a billion-dollar antitrust class action against Apple smoldering for a whole decade, until Isaacson and Dunn stepped in to douse the flames.

Litigators of the Week: Stephen Fishbein, John Nathanson and Mark Pomerantz

By David Bario |

Shearman & Sterling's Fishbein, who argued the successful insider trading appeal in U.S. v. Newman alongside Mark Pomerantz of Paul Weiss, says it's wrong to think that the Second Circuit made insider trading too tough to prove. But, he says, "it's going to be harder to prove when the defendants are innocent."

Robert Wick

Litigator of the Week: Robert Wick of Covington & Burling

By David Bario |

Wick twice persuaded the Seventh Circuit to throw out $3.5 billion in price-fixing claims against Asia-based LCD panel manufacturers, winning a decision last week with important implications for other foreign and U.S. companies.

Litigator of the Week: Faith Gay of Quinn Emanuel

By Susan Beck |

Gay won a key procedural ruling for client Colgate-Palmolive in tort litigation over talcum powder.

Winn Carter of Morgan Lewis

Litigator of the Week: Winn Carter of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

By David Bario |

After two codefendants fled a billion-dollar trial over catastrophic pollution with a last-minute settlement, Carter and his client faced the jury alone and walked away with a take-nothing verdict.

Litigators of the Week: David Heiman, Bruce Bennett and Heather Lennox of Jones Day

By Susan Beck |

The team led the army of Jones Day lawyers that shepherded Detroit through its historic bankruptcy—and possibly the start of the city's resurgence.

Aaron Marcu and Matthew Menchel

Litigators of the Week: Aaron Marcu of Freshfields and Matthew Menchel of Kobre & Kim

By David Bario |

For the defenders of former UBS banker Raoul Weil, a six-year prosecution ended with their client crying tears of joy.

Sharon Nelles and Bruce Clark

Litigators of the Week: Bruce Clark and Sharon Nelles of Sullivan & Cromwell

By David Bario |

In Motorola v. Standard Chartered, Clark and Nelles scored a huge win not just for their client, but for every big bank that does business in New York.

Nicholas Gravante Jr.

Litigator of the Week: Nicholas Gravante Jr. of Boies, Schiller & Flexner

By David Bario |

On Texas turf, the New York litigator marshaled his resources to score a massive verdict against Trinity Industries that could affect the safety of drivers around the nation, and possibly beyond.