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Theodore Boutrous Jr.

Litigator of the Week: From Zero to Hero in Seven Days

By P.J. D’Annunzio |

It all comes back to square one. That’s how Gibson Dunn appellate litigator Theodore “Ted” Boutrous Jr. describes his strategy for handling appeals—and it helped Travelers Insurance dodge a $36 million bullet.

Freight train with coal in forest

Shout-Out: Kirkland and Crowell Score $109M for Railroad Clients

By Jenna Greene |

Litigators from Kirkland & Ellis and Crowell & Moring scored a $109 million win for their railroad clients in a contract fight with FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. over transporting coal.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III, Northern District of California

Trump Blasts ‘Unelected’ Judge, But Who Has the Real Immigration Chops?

By Jenna Greene |

I admit, I have a judge crush on William Orrick III, whose place in my affection was cemented when he blocked President Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities. And while he may be a "single, unelected judge," it's a good bet that he knows more about immigration law than the entire White House staff.

Alex Jones and Akin Gump sign

Akin Gump in the Crosshairs of Conservative Radio Host Alex Jones for Chobani Suit

By Jenna Greene |

Radio host Alex Jones is telling millions of listeners that Akin Gump was actually founded by George Soros--or as Jones calls him, the “Nazi collaborator demon.” That's how Jones explains the firm's representation of yogurt maker Chobani, which just sued him for defamation. Ridiculous? Yes. But a little bit scary too.

When the Second Circuit Says It’s OK to Call Your Boss a ‘Nasty Mother F---er‘

By Jenna Greene |

Is this the death of workplace civility? Open season against employers on Facebook? If you add “#Union” to a post, are you now free to say whatever horrible things you like? Calm down, not so fast. The Second Circuit offered a far more nuanced answer in upholding a controversial decision by the NLRB.

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.

David Sochia.

McKool Smith MP on Market Doldrums, Winning on a Budget and Why Alternative Fees Aren’t the Answer

By Jenna Greene |

These are not the best of times for the business of litigation. The market is stagnant, with clients shying away from bringing new suits, keeping more work in-house and pushing back hard on costs. In a Q&A, McKool Smith managing partner David Sochia, an accomplished litigator who has taken on the mantle of law firm strategist, shares insights on how to thrive.

On her 16th birthday, Makenzie Wethington suffered major injuries from a skydiving accident in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Payday for 16-Year-Old Girl Whose Parachute Malfunctioned

By Jenna Greene |

Ah personal injury law. Where you take your worst fears and put a price tag on them. Here’s a particularly vivid nightmare: What’s it worth when your parachute doesn’t open? When you plummet 3,000 feet to the ground and somehow survive, but with multiple injuries? That was the question before an Oklahoma federal judge last week after a Texas girl’s 16th birthday celebration went horribly awry.

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan

Bad News for Trump: Latest Travel Ban Case to Feature Live Testimony

By Jenna Greene |

Here’s a travel ban case with a twist: live witnesses in court. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. will allow testimony from witnesses including a Sheppard Mullin partner. The move seems distinctly advantageous to the plaintiffs, represented by an army of lawyers from Arnold & Porter.

Michael Imbroscio, left, and Paul Schmidt, right, of Covington & Burling.

The Massive Accutane Litigation Just Fell Apart After Judge Boots Expert ‘Hired Guns’

By Jenna Greene |

Any litigator knows a case can rise or fall on the testimony of an expert witness. A New Jersey state judge made that abundantly clear when he skewered the plaintiffs’ two experts in a long-running fight over the acne drug Accutane, banning their testimony and handing a huge win to Hoffman La Roche and Covington & Burling.

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.

Why is Flying So Terrible? Blame These Antitrust Lawyers

By Jenna Greene |

You don’t have to be beaten and dragged off a flight to conclude that flying coach is a miserable experience these days. Wondering who to blame? Here’s a suggestion: antitrust lawyers--and yes, we're naming names. The ones who rammed through airline mergers--and the ones at DOJ who took the bait.

Lisa Bloom attends the world premiere of 'UNITY' at the DGA Theater on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

Forget Paul Weiss: Lisa Bloom Wants NY State to Investigate ‘Cesspool’ Fox News

By Jenna Greene |

Arguing that Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison will not conduct an independent inquiry, high-profile plaintiffs lawyer Lisa Bloom on Tuesday asked the New York State Division of Human Rights to investigate sexual harassment at Fox News.

Surgical Gowns

A World of Hurt for King & Spalding in $454M Trial Loss

By Jenna Greene |

Say ouch. Kimberly-Clark Corp. and spin-off Halyard Health Inc. were hit with a $454 million fraud verdict in Los Angeles federal court on Friday in a lawsuit over surgical gowns that allegedly failed to protect medical personnel from infection.

President  Donald Trump.

A Tour of Trump Lawsuits: Flipped Out, Freaked Out and Just Plain Daffy

By Jenna Greene |

When you are president, people like to sue you. A lot.

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.

L-R Lawrence Spiegel and Greg Litt, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & From, New York.

Shout-Out: Skadden Scores in FIFA Ethics Fight

By Jenna Greene |

A team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom convinced soccer’s international governing body to lift a one-year ban on Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation and Qatar Football Association.

Judge Gary Thomas in 1986. He was appointed to the Marin County bench by Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1972. (Marin Independent Journal archives)

Prosecutor Left Paralyzed in Infamous Courthouse Hostage Fight Dies

By Jenna Greene |

The metal detectors, bag searches and armed bailiffs that are standard in courthouses today—this is where it started. In a courtroom in San Rafael, California in 1970 where a horrifying hostage standoff left a judge dead and an assistant DA paralyzed. But Gary Thomas, who went on to become a judge, was never bitter. "I feel blessed," he said.

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Ex-Snapchat Exec Goes Scorched Earth in Dispute with Company

By Jenna Greene |

A man who worked briefly at Snapchat before he was fired is making explosive claims that the company misled investors about user metrics in an effort to inflate its valuation before going public--never mind that the dispute is subject to (confidential) arbitration.

In Priest Sex Abuse Cases, a Sickening Calculation—and the Right Answer

By Jenna Greene |

Shouldn’t any diocese that turned a blind eye to pedophile priests be punished monetarily? But what if that means that church goes bankrupt, with no assets left to pay the victims? Is that justice? A federal bankruptcy judge in Minnesota wrestles with the issue.

Lateral Report: The Few, the Proud, the March Movers

By Jenna Greene |

There weren’t many run-of-the-mill lateral litigator moves in March, the kind where a mid-level partner at Big Firm A moves to Big Firm B, spouting something about platforms and synergy. Instead, the most notable March moves were propelled by something extra.

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.

At Tesla, Doozy of a Lawsuit Met With Doozy of a Response

By Jenna Greene |

No namby-pamby ‘no comment’ for the electric car maker when it was hit with an employment discrimination lawsuit this week. Instead, Tesla practically litigated its entire case in a press release.

Deanna Rice, counsel at O’Melveny & Myers.

Behind an O’Melveny Lawyer’s SCOTUS Debut: Two Years, Four Moot Courts and a Plan of Attack

By Jenna Greene |

You always remember your first, whether it’s a kiss, a car, a parachute jump—or for a select few, your first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, O’Melveny & Myers counsel Deanna Rice will join the legal profession’s most elite club.

Keystone Approval: Bittersweet for Sidley Team?

By Jenna Greene |

All but lost in the hubbub over the failure of health care reform was news that the federal government on Friday formally greenlighted the Keystone XL Pipeline. Great news for TransCanada Corp., but perhaps bittersweet for its lawyers at Sidley Austin. A stellar team of litigators was poised to break new legal ground with two novel challenges.

Robin Cohen, partner at McKool Smith in New York City.

When Insurers Refused to Pay Verizon’s $48M Legal Bill, This Lawyer Hit Back

By Greg Land |

McKool Smith insurance recovery practice head Robin Cohen won big in Delaware, forcing insurers to pay Verizon's massive legal bill to several elite firms that successfully defended the company after a failed spin-off.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Dan Fegan, Chandler Parsons and Matthew Chevallard attend a Del Toro Chandler Parsons Event at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Ave / Del Toro)

Foul Shot: Gibson Dunn Slams NBA Agent

By Jenna Greene |

Sometimes you encounter a complaint of such breathtaking nastiness—like this beauty by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher that evokes the movie "Jerry Maguire"—that you just have to stop and marvel.

FBI Director James Comey.

Cagey Comey’s Silence Could Speak Volumes

In one way, FBI Director James Comey did Donald Trump a favor on Monday when he testified that he found “no information” to back up the president’s claims that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones.

Neil Gorsuch: The Yelp Reviews

By Jenna Greene |

If appellate lawyers wrote Yelp reviews, Neil Gorsuch would get five stars. At least that's the impression from lawyers who shared their memories of arguing before the Supreme Court nominee at the Tenth Circuit.

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.

OSAKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 26 2016: Human Size T-800 Endoskeleton Model from the Terminator 3D in Universal Studios japan

This is the Most Terrifying Lawsuit Ever

By Jenna Greene |

It’s like something out of “The Terminator.” A Michigan woman who worked in an auto parts factory was killed by a robot that inexplicably left its section and came into hers, where it “hit and crushed [her] head between a hitch assembly.”

A New Way to Get Inside a Juror's Mind

By Ben Hancock |

When I first sat down to meet Rosanna Garcia, the CEO and co-founder of an AI jury selection software startup called Vijilent, she already knew I grew up in Seattle. I hadn’t told her that yet. But she knew anyway.

Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins.

This Latham Partner Had a Very Good Day

By Jenna Greene |

Five. That’s how many wins Latham & Watkins partner Matthew Moore racked up in a single day before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last week

John Pierce, of Pierce Sergenian.

This New Litigation Boutique Has Big Law-Size Ambitions

By Jenna Greene |

For a firm that’s barely two months old, litigation boutique Pierce Sergenian is making some bold projections. “I’m a bold guy,” said co-founder John Pierce, a former partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Latham & Watkins, and—briefly— the co-head of litigation at K&L Gates.

Shout-Out: Kirkland Just Made Chipotle Feel A Lot Better

By Jenna Greene |

Beleaguered Chipotle Mexican Grill has one less thing to worry about, thanks to Kirkland & Ellis. The fast-casual restaurant chain is off the hook in a shareholder class action stemming from a rash of food poisoning outbreaks in 2015.

Left to right: Daniel Pascucci and Joseph Dunn Mintz Levin

When Hiding Assets Doesn’t Work: How Mintz Levin Recovered $20M for Cheated Client

By Jenna Greene |

Winning is great—but not if your client can’t collect. Faced with a defendant who tried just about every trick to hide assets, including a bankruptcy filing, off-shore fund maneuvering and dissolution of the business, a team from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo wouldn’t take no for an answer.

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 Bennett of Hogan Lovells

Bob Bennett Notches Surprise Win in Health Care Fraud Case

By Jenna Greene |

The legendary Hogan Lovells litigator scored a huge—and unexpected—win when a federal judge on Tuesday tossed out the jury’s guilty verdict, ruling that the Justice Department did not prove its criminal case that a prominent Kentucky cardiologist defrauded the government.

I Spy Trouble for Vizio

By Jenna Greene |

Vizio got off for peanuts last month in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, but the television maker may not be so lucky in a pending MDL.

Katie Marquart, left, and Robert Blume, right.

Gibson Dunn Wins Parole for Afghan Family Inexplicably Detained for Days at LAX

By Jenna Greene |

“The betrayal of this family by the U.S. government shocks the conscience,” wrote lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Public Counsel in a habeas petition.

Adam and Amber Briggle and their two children.

Cooley Submits a Powerful—and Personal—Brief in Transgender Bathroom Case

By Jenna Greene |

Sometimes the best way to argue your case is to tell a story. Take the unconventional and deeply moving amicus brief that Cooley and the Transgender Law Center filed last week with the U.S. Supreme Court in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

Republican candidate for president Donald Trump.

No, a Good Lawyer Could Not Make a 'Great Case' Out of Trump’s Wiretap Claim

By Jenna Greene |

Unless Obama used a slush fund to hire a rogue ex-spy to sneak into Trump Tower via the elevator shaft, Donald Trump probably shouldn't be making a fuss about his phones being tapped.

Milbank partners Chris Gaspar, left, and Michael Nolan, right.

Shout-Out: Milbank Wins Confirmation of Record-Setting Patent Arbitration Award for Bayer

By Jenna Greene |

In what Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy describes as the largest known arbitration award involving a patent dispute, partners Chris Gaspar and Michael Nolan won confirmation from the U.S. Court of Federal Appeals for a $456 million-plus payment to their client, Bayer CropScience.

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.

(l-r) Robert Khuzami, Erin Murphy, and John O'Quinn.

A Big Law Prognosis for FCPA, IP and White-Collar Enforcement Under Trump

By Jenna Greene |

Don’t expect a lot of record-setting penalties or “first-ever” prosecutions coming out of the Trump administration—but litigators who specialize in False Claims Act and IP cases should stay busy.

Lateral Love: Top Litigator Moves in February

By Jenna Greene |

Lateral litigator moves appear to have cooled a bit in February, but some big names still found new homes. Here are 10 of the month's most notable moves.

James Sandman.

The Single Worst Thing Trump’s Budget Could Do to Our Justice System

By Jenna Greene |

At a time when the ACLU is raking in donations and basking in high-profile love (those blue ribbons at the Oscars? OMG!), the Legal Services Corp. is like the mousy, overlooked sister—not nearly so glamorous, but doing work that is absolutely essential. We cannot allow it to be destroyed.

Does Virtual Reality Belong in the Courtroom?

By Ben Hancock |

It would certainly help jurors to pay attention, or at least not fall asleep. But would virtual reality re-creations really get a jury closer to the truth?

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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC

How a Slam Dunk Victory Almost Slipped Away—and the Lawyering That Saved It

By Scott Graham |

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer counsel Krista Carter faced a hot bench at the Federal Circuit earlier this month as she defended what looked like a bulletproof patent infringement judgment.

Flush With Cash, the ACLU Staffs Up—and Gets Ready to ‘Carpet Bomb’

By Jenna Greene |

Since the election, the American Civil Liberties Union has raked in $79 million in online contributions. Here's how it plans to use the money.

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.

David Boies of Boies Schiller & Flexner.

War Stories: David Boies on the Long Fight—and ‘Maddening’ Finale—in Defending Hank Greenberg

By Jenna Greene |

In an interview by phone from a sailboat in the Caribbean, David Boies tells the story of how he whittled down the epic litigation against ex-AIG CEO Hank Greenberg, why the case finally settled after 12 years of fighting and what he thinks of New York AG Eric Schneiderman’s attempt to spin the settlement.

Don McGahn

For White House Counsel Donald McGahn, an Unwelcome Spotlight

By Jenna Greene |

If the president’s lawyer is in the news, that usually means something has gone very wrong. Just over three weeks into his tenure as President Trump’s White House counsel, Donald McGahn is discovering this first-hand.

Clara Shin.

Shout-Out: Covington Wins Trade Secrets Trial with $500M on the Line

By Jenna Greene |

With only five months before trial, a team of litigators from Covington & Burling parachuted into a trade secrets case against a division of McKesson Corp. with half a billion dollars at stake.

Pushing Back Against Imaginary Voter Fraud with a Real-Life Lawsuit

By Jenna Greene |

To the Trump administration and its surrogates: consider yourselves warned. You’ll have a fight on your hands if you try to take voting rights away.

Rudy Giuliani.

Will Rudy Giuliani's Loose Lips Sink the Travel Ban for Good?

By Jenna Greene |

Here are two cardinal sins for an attorney: saying something publicly that hurts your client’s case. And bad lawyering. Rudy Giuliani appears to be guilty of both

Volkswagen cars parked at a Volkswagen car dealership in Knoxville, TN.

Court Says ‘Nein’ to Overseas Discovery Bid in VW Case

By Jenna Greene |

Nice try. But no. This week, a magistrate judge in San Francisco sided with VW and rejected five applications by plaintiffs in Europe for access to 20 million pages of documents produced by the automaker in the U.S. MDL.

(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.

David Boies.

White Knight David Boies Takes on Backpage.com and Sex Traffickers

By Jenna Greene |

Working pro bono, Boies Schiller Flexner and Legal Momentum filed suits in Arizona and Florida federal courts against Backpage and its owners for participating in the trafficking of children and young adults for sex. Why they may succeed where others have failed.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why It Matters That More than 137,000 Listened to Travel Ban Appeal

By Jenna Greene |

This is what can safeguard our democracy. People—as many as possible—recognizing there is no such thing as a “so-called” federal judge. That our courts are legitimate and fair.

What’s It Worth If Your TV Spies on You? About 17 Cents

By Jenna Greene |

Electronics maker Vizio surreptitiously captured second-by-second viewing data of customers who bought 11 million of its internet-connected televisions. But as a Vizio TV owner, the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey AG leaves much to be desired.

Idaho Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker

An Idaho Judge Sentenced This 19-Year-Old Man to What?

By Jenna Greene |

Sentences that fit the crime can be great—the polluter who has to pick up litter, the vandal who has to clean graffiti off the wall. But this?

Behind the $500M Curtain: How Skadden Handed Wilkinson Her First Trial Loss

By Jenna Greene |

After three days of deliberating, the federal jury in Dallas was back, ready to answer a $6 billion question: Did Facebook Inc. steal virtual reality technology for the Oculus Rift from Skadden's client, videogame maker ZeniMax Media Inc.?

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.

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, addressing media during a meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), on February 1, 2017.

Senate Dems Should Pick Their Battles—And Blocking Gorsuch Isn’t One of Them

By Jenna Greene |

My mom used to tell me, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” It’s a saying that some Democrats are apparently unfamiliar with. Because the fight over Neil Gorsuch is one that Dems aren't going to win--and Gorsuch is about as good as it's going to get.

New Year, New Job: Top Lateral Litigator Moves in January

By Jenna Greene |

Here’s a look at a dozen of the most noteworthy litigator moves in January.

Left to right, immigration lawyer Junaid Sulahry stands in the international arrivals hall of San Francisco International Airport with fellow attorney volunteers Julie Hiatt and Marianna, who declined to give her last name.

On the Bright Side, Lawyers Are Suddenly Popular

By Jenna Greene |

If there’s any silver lining to the first 11 days of the Trump administration, it’s this: lawyers are suddenly beloved—at least by the masses who oppose the president’s policies.

LeBron James, left, and Donald Trump, right.

For Trump’s Big SCOTUS Reveal, He Might Take Some Tips From LeBron James

By Jenna Greene |

It’s perfect, really. Our television ratings-obsessed, former reality star president is going to announce his Supreme Court pick live during primetime on Tuesday evening. He might look to NBA star LeBron James for pointers on how to announce "The Decision."

Beth Wilkinson, left, and P. Anthony Sammi, right.

Did Mark Zuckerberg Lie? Or is Facebook the Real Victim? It’s up to the Jury Now

By Jenna Greene |

It takes a certain finesse for a lawyer to plausibly argue that Facebook—a $350 billion company—got bullied by a videogame maker that almost no one has heard of. Just as it takes a certain audacity for videogame maker ZeniMax’s lawyer to imply Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lied under oath.

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.

Shout-Out: Simpson Thacher’s Hat Trick

By Jenna Greene |

Litigators at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett kicked off the year with a trio of wins, confirming the dismissals of a securities class action and a whistleblower complaint and winning a jury verdict in a patent infringement case.

The Bad-Ass Honor Roll of Securities Litigation: These Plaintiffs Firms Will See You in Court

By Jenna Greene |

According to a new report, only .3 percent of securities class actions are tried to verdict. These are the firms that have gone the distance.

Wait, Did Dentons Really Screw Up Its Conflicts Check in Feud Between CNN and Price?

By Jenna Greene |

At first glance, it looks like an embarrassing screw-up. Two Dentons lawyers on Jan. 17 sent a letter to CNN on behalf of Rep. Tom Price—President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services—demanding that the cable news network retract an unflattering story. Except CNN is also a firm client.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Will Standing Kill Suit Against Trump?

By Jenna Greene |

Standing. It wrecks all the fun lawsuits--including, perhaps, one by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claiming that President Donald Trump is violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause.

Elisabeth

The Real Killers on Capitol Hill? Former Law School Profs

By Jenna Greene |

Ex-prosecutors can be scary, but there’s no one like a former law professor to hold someone’s feet to the fire. Just ask Betsy DeVos.

Des Hogan of Hogan Lovells.

Shout-Out: Hogan Scores $24M Settlement for Black Secret Service Agents

By Jenna Greene |

A pro bono team from Hogan Lovells working with lawyers from Relman, Dane & Colfa won a $24 million settlement in a long-running racial discrimination class action on behalf of more than 100 current and former African-American Secret Service agents.

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.

Crystal Ball Department: Law Firms Line Up to Offer 2017 Litigation Predictions

By Jenna Greene |

It’s January. That means it’s time for the first round of litigation trend forecasts from law firms and other industry players. What kinds of litigation do experts think will be hot?

All-Star Lawyers Duel in Dallas Over Who Owns the Oculus Rift

By Jenna Greene |

The best litigators tell stories. Two masters are at work this week spinning opposite tales in a Dallas federal courthouse in a huge intellectual property fight over virtual reality technology that could revolutionize the $90 billion video game industry.

‘Real Cars,’ the BFG and the Right Way to Read Emails--a Texas Judge Tackles Tech in Oculus IP Case

By Jenna Greene |

Dallas federal judge Ed Kinkeade is not what you’d call a big computer guy. Some of his exchanges with the attorneys in the Oculus trial are are laugh-out-loud funny, as he wrestles to understand the technology and keep the lawyers in line.

(l-r) Scott Musoff, Bradley Klein, and Peter Morrison, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Shout Out: Skadden Scores Two Wins in Two Days for Two Asia-Based Issuers

By Jenna Greene |

Litigators from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom scored two separate wins for two Asia-based issuers in two days, knocking out securities class actions in the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York.

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.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington during his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Attorney General, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Will the Real Jeff Sessions Please Stand Up?

By Jenna Greene |

You can judge a man by the quality of his friends, the old saying goes. But what about the quality of his enemies? Day Two of Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing gave us the chance to do both.

Steptoe partner Brigida Benitez

Meet the Lawyer Who Just Deposed Donald Trump

By Jenna Greene |

There are apex depositions--and then there’s the president-elect of the United States. Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Brigida Benitez deposed Donald Trump last week in connection with his lawsuit against chef José Andrés. In a way, it was perfect that the lawyer holding Trump’s feet to the fire is a Latina woman--the daughter of immigrants and the first member of her family to go to college.

A Case Study in How to Spin a Lawsuit: Jellyfish Memory Supplement Maker v. the FTC

By Jenna Greene |

Post-truth. It’s not just for politics anymore. Consider how Quincy Bioscience countered a suit filed against it on Monday by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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.

Plaintiffs Firms Reel In Big Tuna With Price-Fixing Claims

By Jenna Greene |

Sorry Charlie. A San Diego federal judge allowed a massive MDL alleging that StarKist, Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea conspired to fix the price of canned tuna to move forward.

Philip Sechler of Robbins Russell.

Want to be a Full-Time Law Prof? Here’s One Big Law Litigator’s Experience

By Jenna Greene |

You’re swamped with deadlines, you’re constantly traveling, you’re dealing with obnoxious opposing counsel or a cranky judge. Wouldn’t it be great to be a law professor instead, pondering the majesty of the law and enlightening eager students? Here’s the story of one big-time litigator who made the move--and then came back.

Will X. Walters.

A ‘Soul Crushing’ Client Suicide in Gay Civil Rights Case

By Jenna Greene |

It’s easy to forget how intensely personal and stressful litigation can be--until the consequences of a loss become overwhelming. Now, a San Diego lawyer is grappling with the suicide of his client after losing a high-profile gay civil rights case in December.

2016 in Review: Litigators of the Week, Take a Bow

By Jenna Greene |

A look back at the Litigator of the Week winners in 2016, including the firms and lawyers that racked up the most honors.

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2016 in Review: Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

By Jenna Greene |

Consumer protection lawsuits, while sometimes heroic, can also be uniquely dumb. Which is why suits targeting Starbucks, Krispy Kreme and Advil top my list of the year’s most ridiculous lawsuits. A close second: negligence suits where people try to blame anyone but themselves for terrible events.

2016 in Review: Game-Changing Lateral Moves

By Jenna Greene |

Not all lateral moves are created equal. A select few reshape the competitive landscape, changing who clients hire and why. Here’s a look back at some of them in 2016.

Donald Trump.

2016 in Review: Biggest Dud of a Lawsuit

By Jenna Greene |

In the end, it was the case that wasn’t. Jane Doe/ “Katie Johnson” accused Donald Trump of raping her when she was 13. The allegations were brutal, explosive--and unsubstantiated.

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.

Serena Nunn, left, and Sam Sheldon, right.

This Public Defender Spent a Decade in Prison. Now She’s Been Pardoned With Help from Quinn Emanuel

By Jenna Greene |

Serena Nunn went from federal prison inmate to the University of Michigan Law School to Georgia public defender. The final chapter in her extraordinary journey: a pardon from President Obama--with help from Quinn Emanuel partner Sam Sheldon.

Secrets from the Other Side of the ‘V’--Plaintiffs Firms Open Up

By Jenna Greene |

Top plaintiffs lawyers share how they see themselves, how their work has changed and their biggest concerns for the future.

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.

Trump Hotel Washington DC

Feds Must Stand Up to Trump on Hotel Lease Before It’s Too Late

By Jenna Greene |

You don’t have to be an ethics expert to see that the Trump International Hotel’s lease with the federal government presents a conflict of interest for the president-elect. The question is, what is the General Services Administration going to do about it?

Sydney Holland, left, and Sumner Redstone, right, attend The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night presented by Cadillac, Bing, Delta, Pandora jewelry, Qua, and Zenith, at Spago on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kirkland Litigators Take on Sumner Redstone in Ugly Fight Over Gifts to Ex-Lover

By Jenna Greene |

A pair of top litigators from Kirkland & Ellis struck back on behalf of the ex-girlfriend of media mogul Sumner Redstone in a court filing that veers from romantic to lewd to vaguely threatening. It’s a quite a read--and a reminder that while corporate litigation can be fierce, it’s nothing compared to the blood sport that is family law.