DiCello Levitt Gutzler was founded in 2017 as a new kind of law firm—one that starts with a basic philosophy: that everyone at the firm is a vital team member, with a voice and talents that add value in any situation. The firm was founded to advance the law at regulatory, legislative, and policy levels, and to serve as a first of its kind law firm providing tireless advocacy with a steadfast commitment to justice for victims of injustice, ranging from institutional investors to individuals, businesses, and public clients in the nation’s largest and most consequential matters. The firm pursues complex litigation and arbitration matters with a vigor and dedication that is unparalleled in the legal industry.
DiCello Levitt combines excellence in commercial litigation, class action litigation, mass tort litigation, catastrophic injury litigation, medical malpractice litigation, environmental justice, and civil rights litigation. Representing institutional investors, individuals, businesses, and public clients, the firm’s attorneys have successfully prosecuted and settled numerous complex cases and class actions, resulting in billions of dollars in recoveries for their clients and other class members.
Partners Mark DiCello, Adam Levitt, and Greg Gutzler lead a top-notch team of recognized leaders who share a collective depth of experience and steadfast commitment to justice. Their tireless advocacy on behalf of their clients is well-known, led Mike Bowers, Georgia’s former Attorney General, to characterize a settlement obtained by partners Adam Levitt and Amy Keller on behalf of small business owners against a major credit card processor as a “work of art,” and “one of the best pieces of legal work I have ever observed.” Champs Sports Bar & Grill v. Mercury Payment Systems, LLC, No. 16-cv-00012 (N.D. Ga.).
Today’s Environment – The Global Pandemic and Beyond: The firm has been in the headlines recently as it remains at the forefront of unearthing “what’s next” in the marketplace and tirelessly pursuing meaningful and lasting change. Many of our cases have involved aggressive corporate governance reforms that have changed the way companies—and even industries—operate.
Venture Partner With Its Clients: DiCello Levitt Gutzler has recovered more than $16 billion for our clients. The firm delivers results in an innovative way by venturing cases with our clients as venture partners. It aligns our collective interests and enhances our clients’ management of litigation risk.
Based on our successful track record, we have forged a reputation for success in complex litigation and arbitration—most recently being named “Trial Lawyers of the Year” by Public Justice. Because we venture cases with our clients, they can be confident that our interests are aligned with theirs and that we will assess their mission-critical needs as we would for ourselves. In our case analysis and preparation, we focus on the end result—a successful settlement or trial verdict. Our singular focus delivers cohesive and compelling thematic and evidentiary foundations. We don’t use a set playbook; rather, we adapt our broad toolkit to each client’s unique goals and needs. Correspondingly, our flexible billing arrangements demonstrate our commitment to every client’s particular circumstances and allow us to align incentives in joint venture relationships.
The firm’s attorneys have successfully led—and are presently leading—many large class and multidistrict actions, including against industry titans such as Boeing, Zurich, Coca-Cola, ADM, Apple, Intel, Abbott Labs, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Equifax, and representing businesses and investors in arbitrations and litigation in courts across the United States and internationally. In the past four years alone, the firm has been appointed to lead fifteen multidistrict litigations.
DiCello Levitt is powered by experience, values, and commitment to client service. Our firm is built on the experience of some of the nation’s most prominent and successful plaintiffs’ attorneys, and unified in our collective devotion to justice through winning massive recoveries on behalf of individuals and companies at home and abroad.
Trial-First Focus: DiCello Levitt Gutzler’s proven ability to try cases further distinguishes the firm from competitors. Through our trial-first approach—including more than 100 focus groups and several major trials since the firm’s inception—the firm crafts practical and effective legal and business solutions for our clients. Our thematic approach drives all strategic decisions to deliver optimal results. The firm’s in-house focus group and mock-jury practice—a unique and primary differentiator from other plaintiffs’ law firms—allows its attorneys to streamline cases by identifying case themes early on, ensuring that discovery is geared toward those themes and the individual elements that the firm will have to prove in any case. This distinctive focus group practice also assists the attorneys in preparing for trial, allowing the firm to capture the jury’s attention on issues that matter as they continuously hone oral and closing arguments, and simulate trials and oral arguments in a courtroom setting. The firm’s in-house operations allow for dramatic cost and resource savings in the cases that the firm’s attorneys handle and ensures that each case the firm takes on is “trial-ready.” These dramatic cost and resource savings benefit the firm’s clients (and, in class cases, the other class members), leaving additional funds to be distributed to them from any recoveries.
If an action advances to trial, Robert F. DiCello, one of the leading trial lawyers in the United States, joins the trial team. Mr. DiCello is an invaluable addition with his unparalleled trial experience and savviness in working with focus groups to prepare for trial. A powerful storyteller and trial lawyer, Mr. DiCello has secured multiple multi-million-dollar recoveries for victims, across a variety of fields. Other members of the firm’s trial team are consistent thought leaders on applying cognitive neuroscience techniques to trial advocacy, both as trial lawyers and as frequent instructors to other trial lawyers across the country.
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Polsinelli is a full-service, Am Law 100 firm with over 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. The firm’s litigation practice encompasses business disputes, white collar investigations and enforcement, health care, intellectual property, bankruptcy, data privacy, real estate, financial services, products liability and toxic tort, and labor and employment matters. Our reputation for dedicated client service and innovative business solutions is a benchmark for excellence in the legal profession.
Polsinelli approaches litigation The Polsinelli Way – with our clients and their business goals as the primary focus. The Polsinelli Way sees each dispute as unique and devises a litigation strategy from the outset of the matter that is laser focused on achieving the most efficient and effective resolution for our client. The Polsinelli Way aligns the talent and experience of our transactional lawyers, regulatory experts, industry specialists, and Ph.D. scientists with our litigators and seasoned trial lawyers to design those efficient and effective litigation strategies. Clients seek out our litigation teams for counsel at all stages of their regulatory, enforcement and litigation matters because they know Polsinelli lawyers collaborate across disciplines, geographies and industries.
Commercial Litigation: Our Commercial Litigation team handle trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals in all commercial and business fields. Our comprehensive approach integrates a deep understanding of evolving industry and legal trends, varied litigation specialties, skilled practitioners and litigation support capabilities. Beyond our core verticals, the litigation team handles matters in aviation and transportation, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, food and agriculture, insurance, retail and hospitality, business divorces, shareholder disputes, derivative actions and fiduciary claims.
Government Investigations: Comprised of former federal and state prosecutors, Polsinelli’s Government Investigations and White Collar Defense team is highly qualified to quickly and effectively help companies and individuals respond to and defend against civil, criminal, and regulatory government actions.
Knowing that government investigations can become the subject of intense public scrutiny, our team strives to conduct discreet, thorough investigations while simultaneously strengthening compliance structures to avoid future exposure or collateral consequences.
Health Care Litigation: Polsinelli’s health care litigators devise litigation avoidance and risk management strategies keeping in mind the practicalities of our clients’ operations and business goals. When faced with litigation – whether in the form of a lawsuit, arbitration, administrative hearing, audit or investigation – we effectively and efficiently protect the interests of our clients.
Our team includes lawyers who are well known and respected by health care industry leaders, judges, regulators, arbitrators, and the legal community at large. Members of the
group include former Department of Justice lawyers; Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers; experienced state Medicaid fraud unit attorneys; and former in-house counsel for both private and publicly traded health care companies.
Intellectual Property, Technology & Patent Litigation: Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property, Technology & Patent Litigation practitioners take creative, strategic, and cost-effective approaches to resolving intellectual property disputes for local, regional, national and global companies and individuals. This group includes Polsinelli’s Hatch-Waxman team, which has experience leading Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases and represents some of the world’s largest, best-known, and most influential generic, brand, and specialty pharmaceutical companies.
Our patent litigators practice in the most active jurisdictions throughout the country, and collectively have decades of experience in patent litigation covering hundreds of patent cases. Our experience includes work in every phase of patent litigation, from pre-suit analysis, to initial pleadings, claim construction hearings, summary judgment motions, jury trials and appeals.
Labor & Employment Litigation: Our labor and employment team defends employers before administrative agencies and in jury and bench trials, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals in all types of employment-related actions, including federal, state and local discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims; wage and hour class and collective actions; wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation claims; FMLA, ERISA, and OSHA actions, and all other federal, state, and local employment matters. Our restrictive covenants team also helps companies with the enforcement and defense of many bet-the-company business interests.
Our clients’ goals and objectives for litigation, as well as the impact on the rest of their workforce, are paramount to each of our litigators. We use creative strategies and all our connections to ensure we provide the highest quality representation. We are well-known and respected nationally by our peers, industry leaders, judges, arbitrators, and government officials. Members of the group include lawyers inducted into the federal College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and lawyers who successfully appear in all courts throughout the country, including courts of appeal, state supreme courts, and the United States Supreme Court.
Products Liability & Toxic Tort Litigation: Polsinelli’s Products Liability and Mass Tort litigation team defends manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, chemicals, including products that contain asbestos and talc as well as many other products. Our clients benefit from not only our specialized knowledge in these fields, but also our ability to simplify complex issues for judges and juries. In any context or circumstance, our goal is to resolve a client’s case efficiently while also protecting the economic and business sensitivities that affect the bottom line and interests.
The team includes experienced attorneys who have specialized in tort litigation for more than three decades. This includes members who have been invited to become Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and who have been certified as Appellate Specialists. We have successfully defended thousands of toxic and mass tort cases involving asbestos, hexavalent chromium, lead, perchloroethylene, talc, vinyl chloride, and other chemicals. Named as national and regional defense counsel because of their integrity, insight and client-centered results, our attorneys have coordinated and mounted significant defense efforts on behalf of Fortune 500 clients for decades.
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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys in 16 offices across the country. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Litigation team, including approximately 200 litigators, is routinely in court handling complex, high profile matters and bet-the-company lawsuits. The team is known for its success, having yielded a highly effective and accomplished track record of results including favorable jury verdicts, dismissals and summary judgments, creative settlements, and innovative solutions to disputes of all sizes and sophistication. Our litigators have experience in a vast amount of federal and state courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums throughout the country. They have substantive experience in a full range of litigation matters ranging from commercial real estate disputes, high profile higher education investigations, construction dispute resolutions, and complex commercial contract litigation. Our litigators provide early case assessments and consider creative solutions to directly address the attendant risks and costs of litigation. Whatever the circumstance, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr litigators are ready to offer immediate, trusted, and experienced counsel. A few highlights of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s litigation experience include:
Real Estate Litigation
When disputes arise concerning real estate transactions, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Real Estate Litigation Practice combines real estate knowledge and litigation skills to provide advice and representation to both regional and national clients. Our experienced attorneys handle all types of commercial real estate disputes, including: land use appeals, acquisitions that fail to close, litigation over real estate arising out of bankruptcy proceedings, "takings" cases, landlord-tenant issues, disputes between brokers and buyers, real estate tax assessment appeals, and title disputes.
Higher Education Litigation
The legal issues facing colleges and universities are more challenging than ever, reaching every corner of campus life with increasing complexity. From discipline to drones, Title IX to taxes, FERPA to financing, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr has a deep bench of lawyers who wrestle with these issues every day, including acting as general counsel to small colleges and universities without in-house lawyers. In the past few years, our Higher Education Practice has rendered service in some of the nation’s highest profile matters, including multi-campus university systems in large-scale government investigations and in proactive compliance reviews and audits (Clery Act, Title IX, Title IV, Title II, minors on campus) and defending institutions in front-page news lawsuits, including allegations of hazing, child abuse, sexual violence, student death, suicide, faculty dismissal, racial discrimination, ADA discrimination, and more.
The Insurance Practice represents insurance industry clients in litigation in the United States and abroad. We litigate in many forums – including private arbitration and in federal and state courts – and in various substantive areas, including coverage for environmental, asbestos and other mass tort liabilities, coverage under professional liability, E&O, D&O, fiduciary claims and other insuring provisions, and claims and matters relating to life insurance and long term care insurance. Our insurance litigators have also represented a number of large, national insurers in putative class action suits challenging a variety of different business practices in the sale of insurance policies, billing and collection practices, claims administration and payment practices and policy administration practices.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Construction Practice provides experienced counsel throughout the life cycle of projects – from planning and contracting through project performance and dispute resolution – to clients across the country and around the globe. Due to our extensive knowledge on construction – ranging from project-specific matters to ongoing developments – our team is well equipped to handle disputes of any variety. We regularly practice before the Agency Boards of Contract Appeals, and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. We have prosecuted and defended GAO, GSBCA, EPA and DOT protests, as well as Small Business Administration Size Appeals, and a variety of labor matters. Our conflict resolution experience includes representations in allegations of defective pricing, defective design, delay and inefficiency claims and time extensions, payment and performance bond sureties claims, among others.
White Collar and Government Litigation
Whether it is a search warrant, interrogation, subpoena, grand jury appearance, whistleblower claim or civil investigative demand, our White Collar and Government Litigation attorneys are prepared to respond quickly, conduct internal investigations, master the facts, and provide trustworthy and reliable counsel. As former federal prosecutors and regulators our attorneys have direct, practical experience to help our clients enhance their compliance procedures and to rigorously defend them against government investigations. We regularly handle ethics and compliance-related investigations involving a variety of regulations including: the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybersecurity, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), U.S. government contracts, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, securities, and government lobbying activities, among others.
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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:
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.