Selendy & Gay’s practice is dedicated to excellence in litigation and investigations. Our partners and associates are a team of the most accomplished, lauded, and creative lawyers in the profession. By re-thinking law firm structure, operations, and culture, we have also crafted an environment for our lawyers to serve our clients’ needs with focus and efficiency. Putting our clients first includes learning their businesses to advise proactively and to be ready if crisis strikes. It also means bringing a strongly led, tightly-coordinated combination of talent and resources to each of our client’s priorities. Through critical thinking and collaboration, we offer an unmatched plaintiffs’ practice combined with a premier defense practice.
Our partners have earned industry-leading reputations by winning trials of the highest stakes in nearly every type of complex commercial litigation, arbitration, and investigation. As plaintiffs’ counsel, we have pioneered claims, and even practice areas, that recovered over $45 billion for clients while holding institutional giants accountable. As defense counsel, we have won bet-the-company cases that threatened the existence of our clients’ businesses and business models, vindicated individuals in aggressive white-collar prosecutions, and counseled clients successfully in fast-moving investigations. Because of our extensive experience, we excel at anticipating legal maneuvers and staying several moves ahead.
Central to our success is our willingness to take cases to trial, if necessary. We have tried dozens of cases to verdict in state and federal courts across the nation and arbitrated many cases through to award, often stepping in at the last minute to handle distressed cases at trial or on appeal. Our experience brings our clients better courtroom results and also better settlements, because our adversaries have no doubt of the courtroom threat we pose.
Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms,” Lieff Cabraser is a 101-attorney law firm representing plaintiffs in Antitrust, Consumer Fraud, Employment Discrimination, Mass Tort, Product Defect, Securities and Financial Fraud, and Qui Tam litigation. Our clients include individuals, classes and plaintiff groups, businesses, and public and private entities.
We take great pride in our innovative approach to the practice of law and our firm’s leadership role in cases resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings, including some of the most significant civil cases in the United States over the past 48 years:
Attorney General litigation against the tobacco industry in which our clients received $42 billion in settlements;
settlements valued at over $15 billion in litigation over Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud affecting nearly 600,000 U.S. vehicles;
the High-Tech Employee Antitrust litigation against Apple, Google, Intel, and other tech giants resulting in a landmark $435 million settlement, the largest employment-setting antitrust recovery in history;
the Bank of New York Mellon foreign currency exchange case, which resulted in a $504 million payback of overcharges to the bank’s custodial customers;
settlements totaling $399 million in California state court litigation charging that Bayer and other generic prescription drug manufacturers conspired to restrain competition in the sale of the blockbuster antibiotic Cipro;
groundbreaking Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases over abusive text messages and calls leading to over $300 million in consumer settlements;
Qui tam litigation against University of Phoenix for Higher Education Act violations resulting in a $78.5 million settlement, second-largest ever in a False Claims case involving the U.S. Department of Education; and
settlements in the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill case against BP and Halliburton valued to date at $11.6 billion.
Lieff Cabraser’s attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled professionals in their fields, routinely appointed by federal and state courts to serve as leaders in national litigation. The majority of our attorneys are, or have served as, directors and officers of local, state, and national bar organizations, including the American Association for Justice, Public Justice Foundation, Consumer Attorneys of California, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Law360 has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the Top 50 law firms nationwide for litigation, including our firm as the first among five elite litigation heavyweights with fewer than 200 attorneys, victorious in case after case “against some of the largest and strongest defense law firms in the world.” The National Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser to its “Elite Trial Lawyers” list multiple times over multiple years including 2019, and Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser one of the “Top 10 Plaintiff Firms in America.”
“[R]eigns as an international powerhouse, servicing both the most established and the fastest emerging business centers of the world.” Benchmark Litigation, 2020
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has been a leader in the legal profession for more than 70 years. Our 1,300 lawyers, who operate in 16 offices in major global financial centers, work together across practices, industries, and jurisdictions to provide clients with clear, actionable approaches to their most complex legal and business challenges.
Litigation and Arbitration at Cleary: Recognized as one of the top litigation and arbitration groups in the world, Cleary has counseled corporations, financial institutions, governments, and individuals in cases that have dominated the business and legal news. Our engagements frequently require cross-border coordination of the firm’s varied resources, allowing us to pair our corporate, regulatory, and financial experience with our litigation prowess.
Our U.S. team has a wealth of government experience, including nine former federal prosecutors (including two former U.S. Attorneys from the Southern District of New York); several former senior officials of the SEC, including its most recent Chief Litigation Counsel of the Enforcement Division and a former General Counsel; and several former senior officials from the FTC and the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, including the former Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition and two former Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for Litigation of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.
Antitrust Litigation: For decades, we have represented many of the largest U.S. and international companies in the full range of antitrust litigation, including monopolization, conspiracy, and merger cases in district and appellate courts across the United States. Unlike at many other firms, where generalist litigators handle competition cases, our antitrust litigators are true antitrust practitioners, and this difference is demonstrated in our track record of success. Notable clients include 21st Century Fox, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Telekom, EquiLend, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, “K” Line America, Keurig Green Mountain, Molson Coors, NSK, NVIDIA, Sabre Holdings, Teladoc, and Whirlpool (Impact Case of the Year: Google v. Android, Benchmark Litigation, 2020).
Bankruptcy and Workout Litigation: Harnessing our integrated global partnership and network of locally qualified lawyers,we represent both debtors and creditors in cross-border restructurings and insolvency proceedings in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Notable clients include BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Citigroup, Constellation Oil Services Holdings, Crédit Agricole, ESL Investments, Geoffrey LLC, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J. Aron & Company, LATAM Airlines, Nortel Networks Inc., Odebrecht Group, Oi, Punjab National Bank, Total S.A., Warburg Pincus, and Wendy’s Corporation (Impact Case of the Year: Sears Chapter 11, Benchmark Litigation, 2020).
Complex Civil Litigation: Cleary is recognized as a leading firm for complex commercial disputes, bringing business savvy and an international point of view to bear on a full range of business matters. Notable clients include Assured Guaranty, Bank of America, BHP Billiton, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Copa Airlines, Crédit Lyonnais S.A., Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J. Aron & Company, Lowe’s, Medytox, National Amusements, Inc., National Westminster Bank plc, Robert Bosch GmbH, and Warburg Pincus.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Our formidable litigation practice includes the litigation and arbitration of IP disputes, with particular experience in international patent and trademark infringement matters, and licensing and JV disputes, in multiple jurisdictions. We have led clients to victories in many landmark IP cases. Notable clients include Medytox, Inc., Nortel Networks Inc., OpenText, Symbiont.io Inc., Tom Ford, and United Test and Assembly Center Ltd.
International Arbitration: We have extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty, and other arbitrations involving public international law, and in enforcing or challenging arbitral awards and foreign judgments in the United States and U.S. judgments abroad. Our lawyers also serve as arbitrators in major international cases, are experienced in drafting arbitration clauses for complex international transactions, and regularly work with our corporate colleagues on technical commercial and M&A arbitrations. Notable clients include DP World, OJSC Tatneft, Petrobras, Telecom Italia, Vale S.A., Vitro, and Western Digital (International Arbitration Firm of the Year, Benchmark Litigation, 2020).
Securities and M&A Litigation: We have extensive experience representing boards, special committees, acquirers, and financial advisors around the country in litigation related to mergers, tender offers, and other takeover-related settings. We also advise on a range of corporate governance matters and handle other derivative litigation challenging the actions of boards of directors. Notable clients include Allergan, American Express, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank, D.B.S. Satellite Services Ltd., Goldman Sachs, International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., Kindred Healthcare, National Amusements, Inc., OneMain Holdings, Petrobras, Ryanair, Sky Solar Holdings, Synchrony Financial, Synutra International, and Trivago.
Sovereign Litigation and Arbitration: For more than 30 years, the firm has worked on litigation and arbitration matters involving sovereign states and state-owned entities in a wide range of disputes, including debt restructurings, and has developed and refined the legal and financial techniques used to address these problems. Notable clients include The Arab Republic of Egypt, The French Republic, The Hellenic Republic (Greece), Japan, The Republic of Argentina, The Republic of Austria, The Republic of Iraq, The Republic of Slovenia, The Republic of Tartarstan, and The Russian Federation.
White-Collar Defense and Internal Investigations: Cleary advises and defends the world’s leading financial institutions and multinational corporations and, in certain cases, their senior employees, in a broad range of sensitive criminal and regulatory matters. We defend clients before the DOJ, SEC, and other government agencies and—when necessary—in court, and we regularly conduct internal investigations for companies and their boards. Our established practices in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America enable us to provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to cross-border enforcement matters. Notable clients include Alpha Natural Resources, BNDES, Citigroup, Commerzbank, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, The Nissan Motor Company, Opko Health, Inc., Petrobras, and Robert Bosch GmbH (Impact Case of the Year: Fiat Chrysler Settlements, Benchmark Litigation, 2020).
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 regularly 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.
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 three fellows 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, SRZ was named “Asset Management Group of the Year” by Law360 for its leading litigation work on behalf of prominent private investment funds.