Who We Are: Founded in October 2018, Reichman Jorgensen Lehman & Feldberg LLP (RJLF) boldly entered the market as a trial boutique with a national reach and an ambition to create a new standard for litigation firms. Focusing on high-stakes commercial litigation, intellectual property, and white collar disputes, with offices in Silicon Valley, New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, the majority women-owned trial firm made national headlines for breaking away from many law firm traditions, including eschewing the billable hour in favor of arrangements that align client interests and reward efficiency. RJLF also eliminated two other standard law firm features – the partnership track and lockstep compensation – in favor of systems that encourage attorneys to advance as quickly as their skills allow. The firm is committed to attracting and retaining the most elite talent in the legal industry and pays above market. In another departure from industry norms, RJLF is truly diverse. More than half of the firm’s lawyers are women, 2/3 of the firm’s partners are women, and 30% of the firm’s lawyers are ethnically diverse.
Since the firm’s launch, RJLF has been recognized in Law360’s annual “Glass Ceiling Report” for having more women equity partners than any other U.S. firm of its size. The firm also scored as the most gender diverse of all U.S. law firms in any size category, according to percentage of women equity partners. RJLF was named a “Top Trial Boutique” and awarded 2020 and 2021 “Silicon Valley Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation and recognized as a 2020 “Elite Boutique” by The National Law Journal.
Elite Talent Wins Cases: RJLF’s break from industry traditions obviously resonated with the market, as the firm’s size quickly expanded with marquee talent from several esteemed “Big Law” firms such as Finnegan Henderson; Hughes, Hubbard & Reed; Allen & Overy; Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius; and White & Case, among many others. Our attorneys are from the most prestigious clerkships, including the Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 11th Circuits, and District Courts around the country, as well as prestigious law schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, NYU, and others. The firm’s lawyers have undergraduate and advanced technical degrees in diverse fields including electrical engineering, physics, computer science, computer networks, biotechnology, and zoology. RJLF’s lawyers have also been recognized as among the most accomplished trial lawyers by The American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The National Law Journal, Managing IP, and IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, among many others.
Recent Achievements: Punching well above its weight, RJLF often goes toe-to-toe with some of the largest law firms in the world, including Skadden Arps, Morrison & Foerster, Gibson Dunn, and Baker Hostetler, among others. The firm’s trial prowess was put to the test in January 2020 when it served as lead counsel for Densify in a high-profile patent dispute against global tech giant VMware. After a nine-day trial, jurors awarded Densify $236 million in damages finding that VMware willfully infringed two Densify virtualization technology patents. Courtland Reichman, RJLF’s Managing Partner, was recognized as the AmLaw “Litigator of the Week” and Benchmark Litigation’s 2020 and 2021 “Silicon Valley Lawyer of the Year” following his success as lead counsel for Densify at trial. Most recently, the firm’s verdict on behalf of Densify was recognized in The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch listing of the “Top 100 Verdicts” of 2020—ranked as the eighth largest verdict in the country.
Pro Bono: RJLF is deeply committed to public interest litigation. We understand that our privilege of being trial lawyers naturally involves representing those in need, whether it’s high-profile impact litigation or a person who will be evicted from an apartment. We also collaborate and work side-by-side with our clients to develop targeted pro bono and community service programs. Our pro bono activities include handling cases involving civil rights, immigration, prison abuse, indigent defense, homelessness, and veterans’ issues, among others.
Williams & Connolly is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. Our lawyers routinely handle significant and complex civil, criminal, and administrative cases across the United States and around the globe. The firm maintains a strong tradition of hiring the best and the brightest and training and promoting its lawyers from within, producing closely knit and collaborative teams dedicated to achieving successful outcomes for our clients.
The firm was founded in 1967 by legendary trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams. In the tradition of our founder, we share a passionate and principled dedication to excellence and success in all that we do. Over the last five decades, many of the world’s most prominent organizations and individuals have trusted us with their most important and complex litigation, investigation, and arbitration matters.
The firm’s clients include major global companies from virtually every sector, including Pfizer, Disney, Samsung, Sprint, Intel, Bank of America, Google, The Carlyle Group, Medtronic, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Eli Lilly, 21st Century Fox, and HSBC. In addition, our lawyers have represented numerous law and accounting firms in professional liability and other matters, one reason why the Washington Post has recognized Williams & Connolly as the firm that other professional firms “turn to when they’re in trouble.”
The firm’s robust intellectual property practice successfully represents clients in patent litigation matters worth billions of dollars. In the healthcare and consumer industries, Williams & Connolly serves as national coordinating, trial, and/or resolution counsel for major pharmaceutical, medical device, pharmacy, technology, and consumer products companies in mass torts, multi-district litigation, and class actions. Our lawyers litigate cross-border commercial and other disputes in wide-ranging international litigation and arbitrations. We have handled many of the most complex corporate, financial, and securities disputes stemming from the global financial crisis. We represent companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions of all types, including allegations of fraud, corruption, and FCPA violations. Our lawyers also regularly appear before the Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeals.
Known for our ability to take cases to trial, and the deep bench of lawyers at the firm who have tried civil and criminal matters in courts across the country and internationally, Williams & Connolly is described by Chambers USA as “offering unmatched strength in depth and top-level trial capabilities,” and “[a] class act: a delight to litigate with, and fearsome to litigate against.” In addition, Washingtonian magazine has highlighted the firm’s “uncompromising emphasis on victory.”
Our distinctive approach to litigation has earned the firm top marks from leading publications and ranking services, such as Chambers, Legal 500, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and Benchmark Litigation, both for overall litigation prowess as well as for many practice- or industry-specific types of litigation. We hire the top graduates from the best law schools and provide a collaborative training ground for young litigators, providing clients with the highest-quality representation at every level of seniority and with a cohesive team always working to advance their interests. Vault has ranked Williams & Connolly as one of the top law firms for selectivity, partner-associate relations, career outlook, satisfaction, quality of work, and business outlook.Williams & Connolly maintains a nearly one-to-one partner-to-associate ratio, ensuring that matters are leanly staffed and that our associates gain significant hands-on experience.Our approach to hiring and advancement from within fosters a unique culture that focuses on teamwork, preparation, and tenacity designed to deliver results.
Willkie’s litigators have won several precedent-setting victories across a wide spectrum of legal issues in courts around the nation. Our litigators are known for their creativity and practical approach in handling complex matters, tactical acumen, team focus, and for their deep appreciation of clients’ business needs. We are highly collaborative and creative litigators who litigate with a single purpose in mind: to win.
Willkie hosts a sophisticated and diverse national and international litigation practice representing major financial services companies, accounting firms, insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers, media companies, and individuals such as corporate officers and directors and accountants in complex commercial and class-action litigation involving all substantive areas.
We understand that our clients expect excellence with efficiency and one of the hallmarks of our litigation department is to staff our cases—even the largest, highest-stakes matters—with lean, nimble, and diverse teams so that everyone has the opportunity to add value. Our firm’s commitment to making the department diverse across both the associate and partner ranks is real. Whether by nurturing diverse talent from within the firm, or through lateral hiring, our litigation department is committed to creating diverse teams of lawyers to work on our most important matters. We also pride ourselves on giving associates meaningful roles in significant matters.
Commercial: With more than 200 skilled litigation lawyers firm-wide, we have the depth, breadth, and experience to handle the most complex and challenging commercial disputes. Our lawyers combine skillful advocacy, top-tier legal analysis, and deep business experience to achieve our clients’ litigation and business goals. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to become trusted advisors with a keen focus on their long-term needs. We bring unrivaled efficiency and experience to every dispute and deliver results that exceed our clients’ expectations. We regularly represent clients in bringing and defending actions involving alleged breaches of contract and other business torts that frequently intersect with antitrust, securities, intellectual property, ERISA, employment, and other laws.
Securities: Willkie’s securities litigators regularly handle some of the largest and highest-profile securities class actions in the United States. We represent issuers, underwriters, and auditors in significant securities class actions and have obtained important victories for clients in securities fraud cases, cases arising out of poorly performing public offerings, internal or government investigations, and the restructuring of distressed companies. We have been at the vanguard of the recent wave of “busted IPO” cases, retained by investment banks like Goldman Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., and J.P. Morgan Chase, to grapple with the fallout from the Supreme Court’s high-profile Cyan v. Beaver County decision in 2018. Willkie has advanced leading-edge arguments in this quickly evolving area of the law in several high-profile matters.
White-Collar: Willkie’s White-Collar Defense and Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement practice groups regularly handle high-profile investigations and enforcement actions and complex white-collar cases across multiple jurisdictions. We represent public companies, financial institutions and their executives in a broad range of criminal and regulatory matters, with particular strengths in the securities industry, parallel SEC/DOJ investigations, and hedge funds. Our team includes former federal prosecutors, a former Assistant Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and counsel to the SEC Chairman, a former DOJ Acting Fraud Chief, and a former Associate Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office, among others.
Intellectual Property: Willkie is best known as a leader in sophisticated intellectual property litigation, and for its ability to represent and counsel clients across the intersections of intellectual property with other practice areas and across technologies. Willkie’s IP litigators pride themselves on results, working collaboratively with their clients and each other to achieve pragmatic and successful outcomes, representing U.S. and non-U.S. clients in litigation, transactions, and counseling, and licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names and trade secrets. Our patent trial attorneys represent technology leaders in jury and non-jury cases in federal courts across the United States and regularly appear in other patent forums, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board. We have experience handling cases in most industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biologics, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, medical devices, consumer products, information and financial services, electronic devices, e-commerce, energy, sports, insurance, and music rights. Willkie’s IP team has been working on matters related to the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) for many years and has deep experience in the field of biologics and biosimilars, including BPCIA litigation, patent landscape analyses, and inter partes review proceedings. Just as importantly, we are routinely retained to handle complex copyright, trademark, and trade secret issues, representing clients in cases involving trademark infringement and dilution, cyber-squatting and false advertising. We handle oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; represent clients in copyright infringement litigation in federal courts; counsel clients on strategies to protect and defend their trade secrets; and represent clients in trade secret litigation under state law and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.
Appellate: When trial court results are challenged, we have extensive appellate experience as well. Our team has briefed and argued appeals in state and federal courts around the United States, including matters before the Supreme Court. Our team is well versed in the intricacies of the appellate process, and understands how to navigate an appeal through the courts. As we do during the trial court phase, we are always thinking ahead to potential appeal issues, providing agile counsel to adeptly tackle substantial legal issues.
Bankruptcy: Willkie’s bankruptcy litigators have acted for distressed companies, their boards, board members and special committees of commercial lenders; major creditors and creditor groups; official committees; investors in distressed debt; private funds; administrative agents and lender groups; acquirers of distressed assets; equity holders; and other parties with interests in distressed situations. We are highly experienced with the expedited and transactional nature of bankruptcy litigation and appear regularly in bankruptcy court, trying high-pressure adversary proceedings, contested matters, and appeals throughout the United States, as well as insolvency proceedings in the UK, France, Germany and other key European jurisdictions. Our broad bankruptcy litigation experience includes: contested hearings, including dip, disclosure statement, confirmation and adequate protection hearings; stay relief and adequate protection litigation; lender liability; officer and director liability; and fraudulent transfer litigation.
Insurance: Willkie’s insurance team provides comprehensive counsel on a full range of insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes. Unique among law firms, we represent clients in all three segments of insurance coverage disputes—policyholders, insurance brokers and insurance companies. We are proud that clients in all three corners of the coverage triangle call on us to solve their most difficult problems. Our knowledge of all three segments gives us a deep understanding of the thinking and motivations of all of the participants in a coverage dispute. This, in turn, provides our clients with insight not normally available from other law firms that typically represent one side only. Clients value our unique perspective and the creativity we bring to resolving disputes, whether through negotiation, litigation or arbitration. And, because the parties to insurance coverage disputes know we are not aligned with only one category of clients, they are more willing to work with us to reach prompt and fair resolutions.
Antitrust & Competition: Willkie is known for providing practical advice to clients facing challenging, cross-border antitrust problems (‘One-World Antitrust’). Our practice spans a wide spectrum of industries, with particular experience advising clients in financial services, Internet and technology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, insurance, chemicals, payments, manufacturing of heavy equipment and building products, consumer products, accounting, energy, space, retail, and transportation. We have a strong reputation for handling high-profile antitrust litigations, mergers, and regulatory investigations.
Employment: Our lawyers regularly represent companies and senior managers on employment law issues. We frequently appear on behalf of our clients in federal and state courts and administrative agencies with respect to gender, age, and disability discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, and unfair competition and theft of trade secrets claims. We also regularly represent employers and ERISA fiduciaries in federal courts around the country in both individual and class action lawsuits. We have been involved in precedent-setting cases that have created law across an array of areas, including ERISA plan fee litigation, reimbursement rights, recovery of pension overpayments, ERISA estoppel and ESOP valuations, among many others. Our experience encompasses virtually all areas of disputes involving employee benefit plans.
Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) is a full-service law firm with offices in New York, Washington, DC and London. As one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry, the firm’s Litigation Group litigates for an array of clients, including credit and direct lending funds, hedge funds, private equity firms, shareholder activists, and ESG investors, as well as financial institutions and pubic companies, among others.
The SRZ Litigation Group has extensive trial experience and a proven track record of success in complex civil and criminal matters, as well as our negotiation and dispute resolution expertise. Our unparalleled team features both leading lawyers focused on general litigation and others in highly specialized areas, including antitrust; litigation finance; securities litigation, including class actions and derivative suits; shareholder activism, proxy contest and mergers and acquisitions matters; bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights disputes; labor and employment litigation; intellectual property actions; real estate; trusts, estates and family law disputes; SEC and FINRA investigations and enforcement actions; federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions (anti-money laundering, OFAC and FCPA matters); and white collar criminal defense. Among our litigators are a fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, numerous former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, state prosecutors and senior members of the SEC Enforcement Division. In addition to the Benchmark Litigation recognition, our litigators are recognized by all of the leading attorney ranking publications and we were named “Asset Management Group of the Year” by Law360 for our litigation work on behalf of prominent private investment funds.
Among our full suite of services, the firm also advises clients on corporate and transactional matters and provides counsel on regulatory, compliance, enforcement and investigative issues. The firm advises funds and managers on an array of strategies, including credit and direct lending funds, hedge, private equity, CLOs, specialty finance, long/short equity, global macro, activist, blockchain technology, digital assets, litigation finance, LBO, distressed, real estate and venture, among others.