Litigator of the Week

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.

Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. HANDOUT.

Litigator of the Week: E. Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

By Scott Flaherty |

How Joshua Rosenkranz guided Microsoft Corp. to victory in a case that raised largely untested questions about the reach of U.S. law enforcement in the age of cloud computing.

Litigator of the Week: Paul Reichler of Foley Hoag

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Paul Reichler has been dubbed Mr. World Court for his dominance at the seat of public international law. But in the past week Mr. World Court became Mr. Arbitration. It was a great week for public health and maritime borders. And a terrible week for international bullies.

Jeff Thomas of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (HANDOUT).

Litigator of the Week: Jeffrey Thomas of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Ben Hancock |

Jeffrey Thomas knew how he had to set it up. After working for years on Hewlett-Packard’s breach of contract suit against Oracle Corp., his strategy was clear when the phase-two jury trial began this May, with $3 billion on the line.

Hank Asbill & Noel Francisco of Jones Day (Asbill: Courtesy photo. Francisco: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ).

Litigators of the Week: Henry Asbill and Noel Francisco of Jones Day

By Zoe Tillman |

By the time former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell was indicted on public corruption charges in January 2014, his lawyers at Jones Day already had their eye on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cris Arguedas.

Litigator of the Week: Cristina Arguedas of Arguedas, Cassman & Headley

By Ross Todd |

It's hard to overstate how good Cristina Arguedas was last week during opening arguments in defense of FedEx Corp. Just four days later, prosecutors abruptly dropped the case at the end of the first week of a bench trial with $1.6 billion on the line.

David Dahlquist at Winston & Strawn and Robby Robertson at Hogan Lovells (HANDOUTS).

Litigators of the Week: David Dahlquist of Winston & Strawn and J. Robert Robertson of Hogan Lovells

By Amanda Bronstad |

David Dahlquist and J. Robert Robertson handed the Federal Trade Commission a rare loss in a hospital merger case.

Jonathan Singer, Fish & Richardson.

Litigator of the Week: Jonathan Singer of Fish & Richardson

By Scott Graham |

When a Merck & Co. in-house attorney recanted his deposition testimony in a patent brawl over Hepatitis C medications, Fish & Richardson lawyers knew they had an opening. Jonathan Singer used it to get a $200 million verdict thrown out.