Who We Are: Founded in 1984 as an alternative to the traditional large law firm, Barack Ferrazzano aims to provide extraordinary service in a wide range of industries for each core practice area. Without the overhead of large, multi-national “BigLaw” firms, the Firm has the flexibility to serve its clients in a global capacity — when, where, and how they need it. The high levels of internal flexibility and extraordinary talent within Barack Ferrazzano allow its attorneys to craft unusually practical and economical solutions to match client challenges and needs. In doing so, the Firm successfully serves large multi-national corporations in all manner of complex, time-sensitive, and high-stakes transactions and matters.
Barack Ferrazzano’s business model is predicated upon having a deep understanding of its clients’ businesses and the development of long-lasting relationships, which yield great efficiencies. Its lawyer retention rate is extremely high, with very few attorneys or paralegals leaving to pursue legal careers at other law firms. As a result, Barack Ferrazzano is able to provide a consistent team of professionals, enhancing client relationships and allowing its attorneys to become increasingly cost-efficient in addressing clients’ legal needs. Barack Ferrazzano’s reputation is based on its people and the results they achieve.
International Work: Since its founding 35+ years ago, Barack Ferrazzano has been a strategic legal business partner to some of the most respected and iconic companies around the world.
Diversity & Inclusion: Barack Ferrazzano has a strong history of promoting diversity and inclusion within the Firm. The Firm actively recruits talented professionals and staff based on commitment to personal and professional excellence, and welcomes people of different backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment to diversity and fostering of a welcoming culture attracts the most qualified candidates and creates a rewarding and fulfilling environment for not just the Firm, but for clients as well.
Litigation: With 30+ attorneys, Barack Ferrazzano’s Litigation Group has been selected by some of the world’s most prominent companies for representation in their most significant lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. Seasoned partners and well-trained associates have managed thousands of disputes concerning:
Bank Regulatory & Other Financial-Related Matters
Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Civil RICO & Conspiracy Actions
Consumer Class Actions
Director & Officer Matters
Motor Vehicle Franchises
Negligence & Product Liability
Securities & Derivative Securities
Barack Ferrazzano’s Litigation Group represents clients both forcefully and efficiently, always ready to try cases when necessary, and prepared to resolve early and economically when appropriate. Because the focus is providing clients with thoughtfully designed, cost-effective solutions to complex scenarios, the group is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and strategic counseling.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Litigation Group attorneys are experienced in a broad range of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediations, binding and non-binding arbitrations, mini-trials, and settlement trials with floors and caps. Many members of the group also serve as arbitrators and mediators.
Counseling: The Firm’s Litigation Group also has extensive experience in strategic counseling designed to minimize the likelihood of litigation or reduce the exposure to litigation when potential problems arise. Litigation Group attorneys are often involved in complex corporate and real estate disputes that benefit from the comprehensive experience of our corporate, real estate, and bankruptcy attorneys. Complex disputes are approached with strong interdisciplinary teams, assembled based on the skill and style required for each engagement. Results of this cross-functional approach have proven successful in resolving controversies ranging from dissenting shareholders’ rights disputes to take-over litigation.
McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, the team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective – and often unexpected – solutions that propel success.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. Our litigation lawyers collaborate with colleagues across the Firm, to bring our clients fully developed solutions that make meaningful progress toward their business goals, in and out of the courtroom.
White Collar: Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of our lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors. We are able to assemble strong, lean teams of seasoned legal counsel, to spot—and mitigate—potential compliance risks, respond quickly to government investigations and provide world-class defense in qui tam actions, criminal charges and parallel proceedings.
Antitrust Litigation: We provide effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition regimes worldwide to help our clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals. Our top-ranked lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. We assist clients with challenges resulting from increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation.
Intellectual Property Litigation: For business leaders leveraging intellectual property to drive growth or defend market position, we are your secret weapon in the boardroom and the courtroom. We help you respond quickly to changing market dynamics with actionable recommendations designed to capitalize on opportunity and mitigate risk. We work to uncover value at every stage of the IP lifecycle and we marry our business savvy, technical acumen and personal passion to help you benefit from it.
Employment: Pairing deep resources with broad geographic coverage, we meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, delivering a complete legal offering covering the full spectrum of employment and labor issues. We help develop and implement effective employment policies, defend clients in government investigations and compliance audits, and bring first-chair trial skills when defending employers in courts around the world.
Our team engages in every aspect of civil, regulatory and commercial defence litigation, including:
The Only Truly Global Law Firm: Truly a “one-firm” firm – Latham has no headquartered office, as firm and practice management is spread throughout the world, allowing Latham to quickly mobilize the best-suited teams regardless of location. With more than 3,000 lawyers qualified to practice law in 31 countries, and at least 60 different languages spoken across the firm, Latham provides clients with an unmatched global platform.
Litigation & Trial Practice: Latham’s more than 1,000 litigators are located in key business centers around the world, allowing the firm to bring together diverse teams and talent to develop and implement aggressive and creative litigation strategies. Our extensive experience enables us to dispose of most matters well short of trial, and when settlement is not an option, clients can count on our ability to seamlessly handle the full life cycle of a litigation.
Antitrust & Competition: Latham’s integrated Global Antitrust & Competition Practice is built around highly qualified lawyers who are accustomed to working across borders and are fully aware of both the local and international dimensions of antitrust and competition issues – no matter what the business model or industry. Latham’s antitrust lawyers provide forward-looking, business-centric advice and counsel on the full scope of antitrust and competition law issues, including merger clearance, cartel investigation and litigation, competition-related litigation, intellectual property antitrust, and compliance counseling and training programs.
Complex Commercial Litigation: The lawyers in Latham’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice combine trial-ready capabilities, business fluency, and pragmatism to deliver a winning edge, no matter how complex a client’s challenge. Latham regularly represents public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity firms and portfolio companies, states and other municipal and governmental entities, and high net worth individuals in complex commercial disputes. With insight and experience in more than a dozen industries, Latham lawyers keenly understand clients’ business objectives and the necessity of nuanced litigation strategies that support these broader goals. We evaluate early exit options to minimize costs, including dispositive motions, alternative dispute resolution, and settlement, as well as third-party indemnification and insurance coverage. In the most aggressive of matters, Latham thrives on its extensive trial experience and shrewd negotiation skills to achieve the best possible resolution for clients. The team has tried or arbitrated several hundred cases to verdict over the past decade with an extraordinary success rate. The firm’s victories span every stage of litigation in US federal and state courts. The Latham arsenal includes more than 300 former federal law clerks from each of the US circuit courts, as well as 41 different districts courts. In addition, more than 30 former federal prosecutors from districts across the United States contribute invaluable institutional knowledge and a wealth of courtroom experience.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Latham’s award-winning Intellectual Property Practice consists of more than 100 IP litigators with unparalleled experience in the full range of IP disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets. We practice regularly in all forums, including multijurisdictional litigation around the world, more than 45 district courts around the US, and before the Federal Circuit, International Trade Commission, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Our team also includes 75 technically trained lawyers, seven technical analysts, and 18 dedicated IP paralegals. Latham’s highly trained technical teams have litigated cases across a wide range of areas, including semiconductors, software, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, image processing, audio processing, therapeutics, medical devices, electric motors, engines, cloud computing and networking, packaging, building products and materials, and banking technologies, among others.
Securities Litigation & Professional Liability: Latham boasts one of the most experienced and successful securities and derivative litigation groups in the United States. Our securities litigators are recognized as among the best lawyers in the field, and include former federal prosecutors, senior staff of the SEC Division of Enforcement, and former clerks at the US Supreme Court, federal appellate and district courts, and state courts. We are a “go-to” law firm for Fortune 500 companies, major financial institutions, their officers and directors, and the Big Four accounting firms. Our approach is simple: identify the most expedient, cost-effective means of ending litigation with the least disruption to the client and its business. This may not be unique to Latham, but what does set the firm apart is our execution. We have obtained dismissals and favorable settlements in multi-billion dollar securities class actions. In the rare instances where trial is unavoidable, Latham is best positioned to represent our clients in achieving optimal results, as our securities litigators are also seasoned trial lawyers. For example, Latham tried one of the only private federal securities class action to go to trial in nearly 10 years. Over the past year, our lawyers have represented clients as defendants in more federal securities class actions than any other law firm, across 22 US district courts.
Supreme Court & Appellate: Led by a former US Solicitor General, Latham’s appellate team has represented clients in numerous groundbreaking cases, with an outstanding record before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Latham appellate practitioners have appeared before the Supreme Court more than 30 times since 2007 alone, representing Fortune 100 corporations, State governments, leading educational institutions, and individuals. The appellate team regularly prepares petitions for certiorari, as well as merits and amicus briefs. The practice has secured certiorari in nearly a dozen cases on behalf of firm clients in the past few years alone. Latham’s appellate lawyers have served at all levels in the US Office of the Solicitor General and clerked for Supreme Court Justices and judges serving on every US federal courts of appeals, providing them with crucial insights into the US appellate court system. The firm has argued and briefed hundreds of cases before the Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeals.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: Latham’s formidable White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice comprises some of the world’s top white collar lawyers, who are uniquely situated to handle the highest-stakes cases. Our roster includes former regulatory practitioners, career defense advocates, and former government lawyers from Republican and Democratic administrations, including former top-ranking DOJ, SEC, CFTC, and SFO officials, along with Obama White House Counsel’s Office attorneys, among others. Our team knows the inner workings of the government and regularly delivers results that dramatically reduce our clients’ financial exposure, prevent or navigate through potentially debilitating investigations, and manage potentially brand-destroying public discourse. Notably, Latham is a top global firm in securing FCPA declinations, a market leader in healthcare regulation, the world’s leading CFIUS regulatory group, a destination firm for CTFC enforcement litigation, and a leader in highest profile investigations.
Bartlit Beck has achieved an unparalleled record of success in complex litigation. The firm is renowned for delivering extraordinary results to clients in difficult situations. Our successes include trial wins, victories on motions and appeals, and creative settlements across the gamut of commercial litigation, including intellectual property, breach of contract, product liability, antitrust, and shareholder disputes.
As a result of the firm’s success at trial, Bartlit Beck was named 2020 Trial Firm of the Year by Benchmark and was identified as one of the top nine firms in the United States for “striking the utmost fear into the hearts of seasoned General Counsel and legal decision makers” in a survey conducted by consulting firm BTI of 350 in-house leaders.
The average Bartlit Beck lawyer has more than 17 years of experience and has participated in multiple high-stakes trials. This is a product of our unique structure in which more than three-quarters of our lawyers are experienced partners and fewer than a quarter are associates. Thus, each case team is comprised mainly of experienced partners.
Our trial experience informs our overall approach: we focus on the key facts and issues that will drive the outcome, we make complex things simple, we win by showing the evidence rather than telling why we should win, we use demonstratives to boil down the key concepts to a few memorable images, and we establish ourselves as the reliable source of information.
Our lawyers intensely focus on a small number of cases at a time, allowing each team member to have command of the entire case. We believe our approach ensures better quality and results for our clients because each team member has a thorough understanding of the client’s goals and the path to success.
Our success is also due to the way we align our clients’ interests with our own. Our fixed and success-based fee structure is designed to eliminate the usual and often conflicting incentives present in the traditional hourly billing model.
We have extensive experience partnering with other law firms and service providers as part of a “virtual law firm.” Our highly collaborative approach means that we view in-house counsel and co-counsel as invaluable members of the team.
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