Litigator of the Week

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.

Litigators of the Week: Randall Baron of Robbins Geller and Joel Friedlander of Friedlander & Gorris

By David Bario |

Before Friedlander and Baron took control of the Delaware shareholder litigation over Warburg Pincus' acquisition of Rural/Metro Corp., the case was ready to fizzle. Instead, the duo uncovered a web of conflicts and deception that led up to a $75.8 million ruling against Royal Bank of Canada.

Litigator of the Week: Lewis Remele Jr. of Bassford Remele

By Jan Wolfe |

Capping years of litigation over an arbitration gone awry, Remele helped secure an estimated $800 million victory for Seagate in a trade secrets battle with rival hard drive maker Western Digital.

Litigator of the Week: Joseph Re of Knobbe Martens

By Jan Wolfe |

Re and his firm won their biggest victory yet for medical device company Masimo Corp., persuading a federal jury in Delaware that Philips Electronics owes $467 million for infringing two Masimo patents.

Gary Osen

Litigators of the Week: Plaintiffs Counsel in Linde v. Arab Bank

By David Bario |

Arab Bank may someday reverse a jury's verdict that it's liable for facilitating acts of terror. But for now the victims' lawyers are relishing a long-awaited victory.

Ogletree Deakins' Stephanie Aranyos and Brian Gershengorn.

Litigators of the Week: Stephanie Aranyos and Brian Gershengorn of Ogletree Deakins

By Jan Wolfe |

The threat of big overtime damages for contract lawyers in New York has been diminished, thanks to a ruling that Stephanie Aranyos and Brian Gershengorn won for Skadden.

Brad Brian

Litigator of the Week: Brad Brian of Munger, Tolles & Olson

By Jan Wolfe |

As the owner of the oil rig whose explosion fouled the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Transocean has always been a key defendant in litigation over the Gulf spill. But thanks in part to Brian, BP is still stuck with most of the tab.

Litigators of the Week: Christopher Placitella of Cohen, Placitella & Roth and Jeffrey Pollock of Fox Rothschild

By Jan Wolfe |

Placitella and Pollock persuaded an appeals court to revive fraud claims against BASF Corporation and Cahill Gordon—and to affirm that the litigation privilege isn't a license to deceive the courts.

Peggy Zwisler of Latham & Watkins

Litigator of the Week: Margaret Zwisler of Latham & Watkins

By Jan Wolfe |

Reports of aluminum price-fixing by big investment banks and the London Metal Exchange sparked widespread outrage—and class action litigation. Zwisler led LME to an early victory this week, leaving the other defendants to face the plaintiffs on their own.

Stephen Neal

Litigator of the Week: Stephen Neal of Cooley

By Jan Wolfe |

When Roche tried to stake a claim to Gilead Sciences' blockbuster Hepatitis C drug, Gilead turned to Cooley to neutralize the threat.

Michael Hausfeld

Litigators of the Week: Michael Hausfeld of Hausfeld LLP and William Isaacson of Boies, Schiller & Flexner

By Jan Wolfe |

Hausfeld and Isaacson's landmark win in O'Bannon v. NCAA promises to transform the business of college sports—and the fate of the student athletes who play them.

Litigator of the Week: David Wasinger of The Wasinger Law Group

By Jan Wolfe |

In his first and only forays into whistleblower litigation, Wasinger helped the government win nearly $2 billion from Wall Street—including a $1.27 billion ruling against Bank of America that came at precisely the wrong time for the bank.