Regularly hailed as one of the strongest litigation teams in the industry, the Debevoise litigation practice has been described by The American Lawyer as akin to “the Army Rangers—a small but elite group that works seamlessly and handles the most challenging cases,” consistently delivering outstanding results for its clients. Recent matters include:
Winning a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court victory concerning constitutional limits of state taxation for the Kaestner Family Trust
Securing a historic $6 billion ICSID arbitration win for Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited
Dismissal of a $14.5 billion qui tam lawsuit filed against Prudential, John Hancock, AXA, Guardian, MassMutual, TIAA and others in the New York Supreme Court
Representing the Board of Directors of CBS Corporation in an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against the CEO and senior personnel
Defeating MZ Wallace’s trade dress infringement claim against our client Oliver Thomas in a complete victory at trial
Negotiating the favorable settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Jane Doe, an 11-year old transgender girl, in her suit to use the girls’ restroom at her school
The firm’s litigation practice is led by co-chairs Mary Beth Hogan and Andrew Ceresney (the immediate past Director of Enforcement at the SEC) and features an all-star roster, including former Attorneys General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC and Michael Mukasey and former Chair of the SEC Mary Jo White, who returned to Debevoise in 2017 following her four-year tenure. Ms. White, who previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for nine years, is Senior Chair of the firm and leads the Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Group.
Their team also includes 14 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys or Department of Justice attorneys, including a former federal district court judge, the former Chief of the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York, the former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Criminal Division, the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security and three former Unit Chiefs of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.
The breadth of experience offered by Debevoise in and out of the courtroom sets their litigators apart. They bring personal attention, seasoned judgment, deep industry knowledge, credibility and substantive legal experience to each matter, tailoring advice to clients’ needs and circumstances. They work seamlessly and collaboratively with clients and co-counsel and across practices to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
Based in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Hong Kong, their broadly skilled team of nearly 300 litigators handle domestic and cross-border disputes of every kind and complex matters in courts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, France and elsewhere, as well as before arbitration tribunals, agencies and administrative bodies worldwide.They represent clients as plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of areas, including:
Antitrust & Competition
Arbitration & International Disputes
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Insurance Industry Disputes
Labor & Employment Litigation
White Collar & Regulatory Defense
Another notable and distinguishing feature of the Debevoise litigation practice is the success of their women partners. For three consecutive years, Benchmark Litigation has named eight Debevoise women litigation partners among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation”—an exceptional ranking for a firm of its size.
With more than 50 years of experience, Labaton Sucharow is a tenacious advocate for investors and consumers. The Firm offers complex litigation services in the areas of securities, antitrust, consumer protection, and corporate governance and shareholder rights law, as well as whistleblower representation. Labaton Sucharow represents many of the largest institutional investors worldwide and has secured billions of dollars in landmark recoveries. The Firm’s successful reputation is built not only on its team of more than 90 attorneys, but also on its industry-leading in-house investigators, financial analysts, and forensic accountants.
Main Areas of Practice:
Securities Litigation: The Firm continues to secure precedent-setting decisions and significant monetary recoveries on behalf of investors. After achieving historic settlements from cases stemming from the financial crisis, the Firm has maintained its momentum in prosecuting high-profile and cutting-edge actions against corporate behemoths like PG&E, BP, and Goldman Sachs. In addition, the team played an authoritative role in shaping securities litigation laws through a landmark victory in the Supreme Court with Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds.The Firm also evaluates the viability of claims that may be pursued through opt-out or direct actions.
American International Group Securities Litigation – More than $1 billion total recovery, one of the top 15 securities settlements of all time
Countrywide Financial Corp. Securities Litigation – Achieved a $624 million settlement
HealthSouth Corp. Securities Litigation – Recovered $671 million
Schering-Plough/Enhance Securities Litigation – Secured a $473 million settlement
Massey Energy Co. Securities Litigation – Obtained a $265 million allcash settlement
SCANA Corporation Securities Litigation - Secured a $192 million settlement
Antitrust and Competition Litigation: The Firm is equally active in the antitrust arena on behalf of clients damaged by anticompetitive conduct. The mission of the Firm’s Antitrust and Competition Litigation Practice is to promote the private enforcement of antitrust laws in order to preserve free competition in the marketplace. The Firm has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of its clients in major antitrust class actions around the country.
Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation – More than $1.2 billion in settlements from several international airlines
Aftermarket Automotive Lighting Products Antitrust Litigation – Aggregate settlement of more than $50 million with major manufacturer of automotive lights
Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights Litigation: As corporate leaders continue to engage in fraudulent conduct and other mechanisms to unjustly enrich themselves, the Firm initiates numerous derivative and M&A-related suits to protect shareholders.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Derivative Litigation – Achieved the second largest derivative settlement in the Delaware Court of Chancery history, a combined $153.75 million recovery with an unprecedented provision of direct payments to stockholders by means of a special dividend
El Paso Corporation Shareholder Litigation – $110 million recovery for shareholders; a stipulation in the settlement also prevented Goldman Sachs from collecting a $20 million fee for its work on the merger, a condition pursued adamantly by the Firm to encourage banks in future deals to take proper steps to reduce conflicts of interest
Whistleblower Representation: The Firm established the first national practice focused exclusively on protecting and advocating for SEC whistleblowers.The practice plays a critical role in exposing securities fraud and creating necessary corporate reforms.
Secured $83 million, the largest award ever granted under the SEC’s Whistleblower Program, for the whistleblowers who tipped the SEC off to long-running misconduct at Merrill Lynch.
Represented the first officer of a public company to win an SEC whistleblower award, the first SEC whistleblower to receive criminal immunity, and the first SEC whistleblower to receive an award because his company retaliated against him
Non-U.S. Securities Litigation: The Firm’s Non-U.S. Securities Litigation Practice is dedicated to working with non-U.S. counsel to analyze potential claims in all international jurisdictions in which it is possible to seek a recovery.The Firm’s attorneys have almost three decades of experience advising institutional investor clients on the risks and benefits of pursuing claims in non-U.S. forums.The Firm serves or has served as liaison counsel for numerous clients in more than 40 non-U.S. actions, several of which have achieved significant recoveries.
MoloLamken is a law firm focused exclusively on representing clients in complex disputes. It handles civil, criminal, and regulatory matters, as well as appeals, across the United States. The firm’s clients span the globe. MoloLamken is involved in some of the most significant disputes of the day.
The firm’s founding partners, Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken, developed national reputations based on their courtroom successes while partners at large full-service firms where they held leadership positions. With an abiding belief that complex disputes are most effectively handled by smaller teams comprised of smart, highly experienced lawyers focused on results rather than process, they formed the firm.
MoloLamken provides experienced advocacy – for claimants as well as defendants – before judges, juries, arbitral forums, and courts of appeals, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The firm also represents clients in regulatory and criminal investigations and conducts internal investigations.
Founded in 2015 by three former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Walden Macht & Haran LLP is a New York-based law firm focusing on white collar defense and investigations, complex commercial disputes, monitorships, and corporate compliance. Our team is known for its intelligence, integrity, and outstanding track record in high stakes matters both in and out of court.
White-Collar Defense: WMH’s practice is led by formal federal prosecutors with exceptional track records in helping businesses successfully navigate sensitive investigations and high-stakes, white collar matters. We provide strategic counsel with proven success and credibility in an enforcement environment with higher risks of massive corporate penalties, risk of imprisonment for executives, and civil litigation.
Complex Commercial Litigation: The firm’s practice concentrates on complex media and entertainment, antitrust, fraud, and real estate litigation. As accomplished trial lawyers and former federal prosecutors, we translate our extensive experience in federal and New York state courts into winning legal strategies.
Corporate Monitorships: Corporate monitorships allow companies to satisfy legal obligations, remediate past mistakes and safeguard against future wrongdoing. WMH has a history of successfully fulfilling government-ordered monitor positions, combining strong industry relationships, deep subject matter knowledge, and a proven commitment to transparency.
Employment Litigation: WMH has substantial experience working with companies and high-level executives to resolve their most sensitive and challenging employee matters with minimal disruption to business. Our team includes one of the only former federal prosecutors practicing employment law.
Good Government and Civil Rights: From leading the charge against school bullying to demanding safe and secure public housing for the disadvantaged, WMH is at the forefront of high-profile litigation to combat government abuses. We also regularly bring Article 78 challenges in New York State, drawing on our deep familiarity with federal civil rights statutes to craft winning cases.
Internal Investigations: WMH conducts complex internal investigations in the financial, real estate, health care, industrial, automotive, energy, retail, and entertainment sectors. Our investigations have covered securities fraud, insider trading, foreign bribery, antitrust offenses, accounting violations, economic-sanctions violations, cyber-based offenses, money laundering, embezzlement, false billing, and off-label marketing. In our cross-border investigations – which have spanned several continents – we coordinate seamlessly with U.S. and international agencies, even when they are working at cross purposes. Enforcement authorities here and abroad rely on us whether we are disclosing wrongdoing or defending against false allegations.
Committed to Social Change: Through pro bono and good government work, our lawyers use their skills and experience to effect positive change, including providing crucial counseling to community groups and religious institutions on their dealings with government agencies. We encourage our lawyers to pursue the pro bono matters that are most meaningful to them, which include domestic violence, immigration, wrongful conviction, harassment allegations, and custody proceedings.