Litigator of the Week

Litigator of the Week: An Appellate Attorney Fends Off Honda in a $55M Fight

By Max Mitchell |

After appellate attorney Howard J. Bashman appeared in front of a panel of Pennsylvania Superior Court judges with a $55 million verdict against Honda at stake, he quickly jumped on his appellate blog, “How Appealing,” to say how well the arguments went, and to subtly dig the opposing counsel for alleged cell phone use in court.

Garrard Beeney of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Litigator of the Week: The Brains Behind BlackBerry’s $815M Blowout

By Ben Hancock |

For a trial lawyer, sometimes backing away from a fight is the smartest move to make. That was the lesson that Sullivan & Cromwell partner Garrard Beeney said stuck with him as he argued his way to an $814.9 million arbitration win for BlackBerry that was handed down this week.

Craig Hoover and Adam Levin, Hogan Lovells

Litigators of the Week: This Hogan Team Beat Back a $100 Million Class Action

By Robert Storace |

After years of litigating a $100 million class action against Anthem Inc. by 87,000 former employees and retirees of the state of Connecticut, Adam Levin found himself anxiously awaiting the Connecticut Supreme Court’s ruling on March 31.

Reid Weingarten, left, and Brian Heberlig, right, of Steptoe & Johnson. November 28, 2016.

Litigators of the Week: How a Steptoe Team Got Their Client Off the Hook in Pay-to-Play Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Reid Weingarten and Brian Heberlig of Steptoe & Johnson had four boxes full of evidence meant to destroy the credibility of Pennsylvania’s former treasurer on the witness stand. Turns out, they didn’t need to open a single box.

Left to right: Colleen Roh Sinzdak and Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells

The Hogan Associate (and Partner) Who Knocked Out the Travel Ban

By Cogan Schneier |

Colleen Roh Sinzdak only had a half a cup of coffee the morning before she argued against President Donald Trump’s newest immigration executive order in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii. But the Hogan Lovells associate knows she talks too fast when she’s had caffeine, and she’s “never argued a case of this magnitude" she said. Little wonder.

L-R Bart Williams and Manuel Cachan

Litigators of the Week: How New Lawyers Broke J&J's Losing Streak in Talc Trials

By Amanda Bronstad |

Following a month of trial, a Missouri jury found that Johnson & Johnson wasn’t liable for a Tennessee woman’s ovarian cancer. It was the first defense win in the talcum powder litigation for Johnson & Johnson, which was hit with verdicts of $55 million, $70 million and $72 million last year from jurors in the same St. Louis courthouse. What changed?

Robert Giuffra, left, and Brendan Cullen, right.

Litigators of the Week: Knocking Out the Last of the Enron Suits

By Miriam Rozen |

Some wins take time. Sullivan & Cromwell partners Robert Giuffra Jr. and Brendan Cullen know that for sure--it took them almost 15 years to win dismissal of a would-be class action against UBS stemming from Enron's collapse.

Benjamin Razi and Bruce Baird of Covington

Covington Team Takes Fight to the Feds to Make Clients Whole

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers from Covington & Burling faced a formidable opponent and carried the burden of proof. But the team overcame those challenges to persuade a jury that the federal government should return assets seized from a Chinese couple running an import-export business.

Craig Primis, Winn Allen and Devora Allon of Kirkland & Ellis

A Look at the Lawyers Who Won Key Battle in Water War

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

From the beginning, the Kirkland team’s strategy was to make it impossible for Florida to build its case against Georgia in an epic battle over water rights.

(l-r) Shaimaa Hussein, Paul Hughes, and Andrew Pincus.

Litigators of the Week: Travel Ban First Responders, Take a Bow

By Robin McDonald |

Working in an atmosphere rife with uncertainty, misinformation and often devoid of communication by government officials, these lawyers surrendered sleep, prepared for every contingency and, in some cases, went with their gut to bring their clients safely to the United States.

Derek Cohen, left, and Grant Fondo, right, of Goodwin Procter.

Litigators of the Week: A Major Defense Win in Insider Trading Case

By Ross Todd |

In one of the first cases to go to trial since the Supreme Court lowered the bar for prosecutors in insider trading cases, this team from Goodwin Procter handed the feds a big defeat.

Arent Fox partner Russell P. McRory

Litigator of the Week: An Exceptional Carve-Out in VW Litigation

By Amanda Bronstad |

Arent Fox partner Russell McRory got a big win when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated a case he brought against Volkswagen, but a bigger problem was about to wipe out his victory.

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.