Litigator of the Week

Nancy Hollander.

Litigator of the Week: The Lawyer Who Won Chelsea Manning Her Freedom

By Miriam Rozen |

When a man from the Office of the White House Counsel called Nancy Hollander to tell her President Barack Obama had decided to commute her client Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, Hollander, a 38-year veteran criminal defense lawyer failed in one respect.

Sarah Columbia, left, and William Gaede Ill, right, of McDermott Will & Emery.

Litigators of the Week: A Rare Feat in a Billion Dollar Drug Fight

By Tom McParland |

In a case with billions of dollars at stake, McDermott Will & Emery partners William G. Gaede III and Sarah C. Columbia won a rare post-trial ruling for Amgen Inc. that booted a rival’s drug from the market.

David Boies and Carl E. Goldfarb, w/ Boies Schiller & Flexner, FTL

Litigators of the Week: Stamina Pays for David Boies and Carl Goldfarb in 14-year fight

By Celia Ampel |

After 14 years and two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, Boies, Schiler & Flexner partners David Boies and Carl Goldfarb secured a $100 million settlement from Halliburton.

Stephanie Parker of Jones Day.

Litigator of the Week: The Biggest Patent Verdict in U.S. History--By a Lawyer Who Never Tried an IP Case Before

By Gina Passarella |

Don't hate her -- but Jones Day partner Stephanie Parker had never tried an IP case before she convinced a jury to award her client, a Merck subsidiary, $2.54 billion in a patent infringement suit against Gilead Sciences.

Robert Van Nest.

Litigator of the Week: Robert Van Nest Cements Himself as Silicon Valley’s Copyright Defense Lawyer

By Ross Todd |

Facing a $335 million damages demand from networking giant Cisco Systems Inc., Robert Van Nest and his team at Keker & Van Nest mounted a multi-pronged defense for Arista Networks Inc.

Robert Atkins.

Litigator of the Week: Flipping a Monster Verdict at the Fifth Circuit

By Scott Graham |

For almost 10 years, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison partner Bob Atkins has represented medical supply company BD in an antitrust suit over syringes. The case blew up in 2013 into a $340 million jury verdict. But Atkins' strategy from day one was to build a record for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. It paid off.

Geoffrey Potter of Patterson Belknap.

Litigator of the Week: Nabbing the Counterfeiters for 5-Hour Energy

By Ross Todd |

Geoffrey Potter and his team in the anti-counterfeiting practice at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler helped Living Essentials go after a criminal ring producing fake bottles of the popular 5-Hour Energy drink.

Daniel Petrocelli, O'Melveny & Myers

Litigator of Week: The Lawyer Behind the Trump U Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

Daniel Petrocelli convinced President-elect Donald Trump to settle the Trump University litigation despite his client’s insistence on going to trial on Nov. 28. And he did it while settling another high profile case that same week on behalf of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Sturgis Sobin, Derek Ludwin and James O'Connell, partners at Covington & Burling

Litigators of the Week: Covington Team Beats Back Rare Breed Of Antitrust Case At ITC

By Ben Hancock |

When the U.S. International Trade Commission waded into a legal issue it hadn’t touched in almost 40 years--how to handle allegations of price-fixing--a Covington & Burling team rose to the challenge.

Matt Taylor of Duane Morris.

Litigator of the Week: Letting the Experts Do the Work

By Max Mitchell |

Duane Morris attorney Matthew A. Taylor doesn’t believe that lawyers win cases. For him, it all comes down to the experts. That’s why, when faced with defending a medical device maker in a notoriously plaintiff-friendly venue, he wasn't worried.

Hamish Hume of Boies Schiller

Litigator of the Week: An Unexpected Win for Peter Thiel’s Palantir Could Change How the Feds Do Business

By Ben Hancock |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner Hamish Hume built a case around an untested 1994 law requiring government agencies to consider commercial products first to bring home a win for Palantir.

Elizabeth Cabraser, left, and Robert Giuffra, right.

Litigators of the Week: One for the History Books

By Jenna Greene |

It’s a truism that litigation is a zero sum game--there’s a winner and a loser. But not this week. For the first time that we can remember, the Litigation Daily is naming opposing counsel as our co-litigators of the week, a historic honor that goes to Robert Giuffra Jr. of Sullivan & Cromwell and Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.

Albert Deaver, principal at Sutton McAughan Deaver.

Litigator of the Week: The Texas Lawyer Who Sued His Law School

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Albert Deaver earned his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston--but that hasn’t stopped him from leading the charge in a trademark suit against his alma mater when it sought to rebrand itself the Houston College of Law.

Bill Lee of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Litigator of the Week: Apple's Wild Ride

By Scott Graham |

The latest Apple v. Samsung appeal reminds William Lee of a Disneyland adventure. "This had more twists and turns than Mr. Toad's Wild Ride,” the Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner says.

Brad Caldwell, Jason D. Cassady and J. Austin Curry of Caldwell Cassady & Curry

Litigators of the Week: A $302M Hat Trick for This Texas Trio

By Miriam Rozen |

Three must be the right number for Caldwell, Cassady and Curry. The trio just won a third time for VirnetX against Apple, securing a $302 million jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas.

Evan Chesler.

Litigator of the Week: A Stunning Reversal by the Second Circuit? Priceless.

By Mark Hamblett |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore Chairman Evan Chesler won vindication for American Express before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit--and handed the U.S. Department of Justice a major loss.

Milbank's Scott A. Edelman and Atara Miller

Litigators of the Week: The Team Who Made the Feds Sing

By Charles Toutant |

Two lawyers from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy won a ruling striking down a Department of Justice directive on music licensing that could have thrown the recording industry in turmoil.

Edward Reines and Derek Walter of Weil Gotshal

Litigators of the Week: The IP Team That Won a 'Rare and Powerful Case'

By Scott Graham |

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a high bar for patent-based injunctions, so Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Edward Reines and associate Derek Walter get Litigator of the Week honors for meeting it in a high-stakes case.

Theodore Boutrous Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Litigator of the Week: Theodore Boutrous Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Ben Hancock |

Theodore “Ted” Boutrous Jr. is not known for being shy. The gregarious Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner has been at the forefront of some of the most heated legal battles around the country. His latest: defending Uber Technologies Inc. and its view of how drivers fit into the “gig economy.”

Sean Murphy of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Litigator of the Week: Sean Murphy of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

By Charles Toutant |

What to do when opposing counsel throws "a thousand pieces of mud on the wall"? Milbank's Sean Murphy countered by sticking to his core message in a 25-day bench trial, scoring a win for AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. in a closely watched case with $550 million on the line.

Michael Kimberly of Mayer Brown.

Litigator of the Week: Michael Kimberly of Mayer Brown

By Zoe Tillman |

For most litigators, a win at the U.S. Supreme Court is a career highlight. And so it was for Mayer Brown partner Michael Kimberly, who in December won a unanimous ruling that revived a lawsuit accusing Maryland officials of partisan gerrymandering. But Kimberly said that his latest win in the lower court after the justices sent the case back was actually more exciting.

Kirt O'Neill, partner at Akin Gump.

Litigator of the Week: Kirt O’Neill of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

By John Council |

Defending a company accused of monopolizing an unusual but lucrative segment of the bovine industry in the heart of dairy country is no easy task--but Akin Gump's Kirt O'Neill delivered.

Adam Alper and Mike DeVries of Kirkland & Ellis.

Litigators of the Week: Adam Alper and Michael De Vries of Kirkland & Ellis

By Scott Graham |

Trial was only seven months away when Energy Labs Inc. brought in Kirkland & Ellis last fall to defend a patent suit by a rival air conditioning company. It was a bet-the-company case in a multi-billion dollar market--and the Kirkland team delivered.

Paul Clement of Bancroft and Richard Marooney of King & Spalding (Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM, Handout).

Litigators of the Week: Richard Marooney Jr. of King & Spalding and Paul Clement of Bancroft PLLC

By Scott Flaherty |

Most lawsuits don’t present American judges with the choice of whether to defer to a foreign court ruling. But that’s the unique situation that arose in a KBR Inc. subsidiary’s contract dispute with Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex.

L-R Fank Libby and Reid Weingarden

Litigators of the Week: Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Frank Libby of LibbyHoopes

By Suzanne Monyak |

As the end of a six-week trial approached, Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Reid Weingarten and LibbyHoopes partner Frank Libby had a decision to make: whether to put their clients on the stand. It turns out, their instincts were right.