Described by Chambers USA as a “relentless and creative high-stakes trial litigation firm,” Hueston Hennigan LLP is “enjoying meteoric success.”
Since Hueston Hennigan opened its doors in 2015, it has established itself as “a maximum trial threat” (Legal 500) known for finding a way to win in the highest-stakes litigation, trials, and white-collar defense cases.
Our lawyers approach cases differently than most litigation firms do. From day one, we treat each matter as though it will go to trial. This emphasis on trial readiness inspires us to bring creative strategies to each matter. By developing a deep understanding of the facts, the context, and the law relevant to each case, we can aggressively litigate without relying on a rulebook. Our focused preparation and forceful posture in the first 90 days help us achieve the most successful and cost-effective outcomes for our clients.
This approach works because we don’t function like a traditional hierarchal law firm. Instead, we train our teams to think like “outside GCs.” Since each client is a firm client, not a client of any individual partner, every lawyer is focused on comprehensively, creatively, and collaboratively solving their clients’ unique problems.
Representative Reviews and Recognitions:
“A maximum trial threat.”—Legal 500
“Hard-driving, insightful, and aggressive.”—Chambers
“A reputation for a creative and often disruptive approach to litigation.”—Los Angeles Business Journal
“Phenomenal track record in trials.”—Legal 500
“Sharpest legal minds in the business. Early instinct for the jugular. Always comfortable in the courtroom.”—Legal 500
“It is the perfect litigation boutique—very bright and very committed.”—Chambers
“A National Powerhouse.”— Daily Journal
“A force to be reckoned with.”—Chambers
“The firm to beat … dynamic and engaged … reshaped the landscape.” —Benchmark Litigation
Our Edge: Remarkable Results Through Disruptive Strategies
We have a history of obtaining remarkable results in our clients’ most important cases. Our creative and disruptive approach has earned us a national reputation as the “go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation.” With ever-increasing frequency, we are adding new clients—including Broadcom, ThermoFisher, the Houston Astros, Momofuko, Sonder, and Coronal—to our growing list of clients that are technology innovators, Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, universities, individuals, and entrepreneurs. They include PwC, Caltech, SpaceX, the University of California, Electronic Arts, Western Digital, T-Mobile, Tesla, PIMCO, Allergan Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Showtime Networks, Edison International, The Boy Scouts of America, Palantir, Monster Energy, Taco Bell, Bausch Health, Amgen, and Walt Disney, among others.
Our Team: Unmatched Talent at Every Level
Based in California and practicing nationwide, our more than 70 lawyers hail from the most selective law schools and clerkships and are veterans of prominent national law firms. Some joined us after distinguished national careers in public service. Our attorneys have collectively participated in over 200 trials, and our partners are recognized as among the country’s top trial lawyers. At trial, our diverse teams reflect the profiles of our juries.
Nearly 80 percent of our associates have clerked for judges at federal district courts, courts of appeals, or the highest courts of several states. Former judicial clerks bring real-world experience and superior research skills to their work, seamlessly stepping into positions of significant responsibility. We offer competitive bonuses and credit for time spent clerking, and we encourage current or prospective clerks to apply.
What Our Clients Say
“The lawyers at Hueston Hennigan have distinguished themselves with their wise counsel and outstanding advocacy from the boardroom to the courtroom. Their ability to balance legal and business considerations practically and efficiently is truly exceptional. They are among our go-to trial counsel, and they deliver results.” —Jake Schatz, Electronic Arts, SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
“In one of Western Digital’s most important legal matters in recent years, Hueston Hennigan partnered with us to craft and implement a creative, multistage litigation strategy that delivered repeated victories in both court and international arbitration. Hueston Hennigan has a very deep bench of legal talent and are our trusted counselors for our most important cases.” —Michael Ray, Western Digital, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
“Hueston Hennigan is an ideal choice for the toughest cases; the combined, concentrated trial talent of Hueston Hennigan makes this firm a top-shelf litigation choice for virtually any high-risk, complex matter.” —Melissa Scanlan, T-Mobile, Vice President, Intellectual Property and Antitrust
“Hueston Hennigan lawyers distinguished themselves as dynamically creative and unsurpassed in courtroom advocacy. Their care extends beyond the individual case: they work closely with our in-house counsel, and their post-mortem review of matters is a value-add that fits squarely with our continuous improvement culture. They are a go-to firm for the most complex and challenging cases.” —Barry H. Caldwell, Waste Management, former Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Office
“I turn to Hueston Hennigan for our most significant legal matters. In each engagement, they have provided extraordinarily effective lawyering, counsel, and strategic business advice. They are unrivaled as go-to trial counsel for complex, high-risk litigation.” —Julie Davis, Taco Bell, Global Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
“I hired Hueston Hennigan because of their extensive experience litigating and winning high-profile fraud cases. It was a fantastic decision. In short order, they filed a compelling complaint, defeated the other side’s efforts to dismiss the case, strategically obtained devastating discovery, and secured a phenomenal settlement for me. Their commitment to my case, insights, and advocacy resulted in a total and unmitigated victory.”
—Alec Baldwin, Actor and Philanthropist
“John Hueston and Brian Hennigan have created a world-class law firm for the 21st century, capable of serving the litigation needs of clients ranging from individuals to global companies. Its talented team of professionals is dedicated to working closely with clients and has the creativity and flexibility to bring the simplest solutions to the most complex problems.”
—Arnold Pinkston, Edwards Lifesciences LLC, Corporate Vice President, General Counsel
History: Pomerantz LLP is the oldest securities litigation firm in the United States and one of the most highly respected. The Firm was founded in 1936 by legal pioneer and “dean” of the plaintiffs’ securities bar, Abraham L. Pomerantz, who helped secure the rights of investors to bring class and derivative actions.
Practice: Pomerantz protects and vindicates shareholder rights through its securities litigation practice and proprietary PomTrack® portfolio monitoring service. The Firm’s global clients include more than 100 of the largest and most influential pension funds, asset managers and private institutions, with combined assets of over $6.8 trillion. Pomerantz’s practice also includes corporate governance, antitrust and strategic consumer litigation.
Global Expertise: Jennifer Pafiti, Partner and Head of Client Services, is dually qualified to practice in the United States and United Kingdom. The Firm’s Paris office is headed by lawyer Nicolas Tatin, the Director-Business Development Consultant for France, Benelux, Monaco and Switzerland. Attorneys Orly Guy and Eitan Lavie head the Firm’s Tel Aviv office. In addition to the Firm’s in-house team in the United States, France and Israel, Pomerantz utilizes an extensive network of prominent law firms in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the Middle East, to assist clients, wherever they are situated, in recovering monies lost due to corporate misconduct and securities fraud. Our team of attorneys is collectively fluent in English, Arabic, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian.
Cutting-Edge Legal Strategies: Pomerantz’s position at the cutting edge of 21st century legal concerns is evidenced in the cases it pursues and the law it makes. For example, the Firm’s $80 million settlement in In re Yahoo! Inc. Sec. Litig. was the first ever significant settlement of a securities fraud class action filed in response to a data breach. Pomerantz is Lead Counsel in a securities class action against Wynn Resorts Ltd. stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct towards the company’s employees by its founder and former CEO, Steve Wynn. Such allegations were not traditionally considered to be within the realm of securities laws. The Firm aims to convince the court that a company’s statements as to compliance with its code of conduct are indeed actionable.
Results: In early 2018, Pomerantz, as sole lead counsel, achieved a landmark $3 billion settlement for investors in the securities class action against Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras. The allegations arose from a decades-long, multi-billion-dollar corruption scheme—a scandal that ensnared not only Petrobras’ former executives, but also Brazilian politicians, including every former and current living Brazilian president and at least one third of the Brazilian Congress. This historic settlement represents:
the largest securities class action settlement in a decade;
the largest settlement ever in a securities class action involving a foreign issuer;
the fifth-largest class action settlement ever achieved in the United States;
the largest class action settlement ever achieved by a foreign lead plaintiff; and
the largest class action settlement ever not involving a restatement of financial reports.
Throughout the Petrobras litigation, Pomerantz achieved important precedents at theSecond Circuit Court of Appeals that will form the bedrock of securities class actionjurisprudence and help protect investors for decades to come.
In August 2019, Pomerantz achieved a $110 million settlement in a securities class action against Fiat Chrysler N.V., one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, alleging that the company misled investors about its compliance with regulations for safety recalls and emissions.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Morrison v. Nat’l Australia Bank Ltd. barred use of U.S. federal securities laws to recover losses from investments in foreign-traded securities. To overcome the barriers set by Morrison, Pomerantz developed novel legal strategies that have expanded global investor rights in litigations against, among others, BP plc, Perrigo Co. plc, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York stated at the February 2018 hearing for preliminary approval of the $3 billion settlement achieved by Pomerantz in In re Petrobras Securities Litigation:
...the lawyers in this case [are] some of the best lawyers in the United States, if not in the world.
In approving the Petrobras settlement in June 2018, Judge Rakoff wrote:
[T]he Court finds that Class Counsel’s performance was in many respects exceptional, with the result that, as noted, the class is poised to enjoy a substantially larger per share recovery [65%] than the recovery enjoyed by numerous large and sophisticated plaintiffs who separately settled their claims.
In approving the settlement in Thorpe v. Walter Investment Management Corp. in October2016, Judge Ursula Ungaro wrote:
Class Counsel has developed a reputation for zealous advocacy in securities class actions. ... The settlement … is an outstanding result.
Mintz is a leading national law firm with more than 500 diverse and talented attorneys working to provide our clients with unmatched legal advice in the global market’s most competitive industries. Ours is a firm built on excellence and driven by change. We create breakthrough legal strategies that help clients solve problems and forge ahead. Through a combination of legal and business insights, we have continuously helped our clients navigate shifting challenges, comply with evolving regulations and compete in emerging markets.
To ensure our clients continue to see excellent results, we emphasize talent retention through the mentorship of our world class associates and a commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture. As such, we are able to integrate a full spectrum of viewpoints into all that we do, recognizing that a range of perspectives drives the best legal solutions.
We have one of the largest and most distinguished litigation practices nationwide, with a deep bench of trial lawyers and regulatory experts who cover all aspects of complex business litigation. Our attorneys approach problems with an aggressive drive and a strong sense of doing what’s best for the client. While our litigators are experienced trial lawyers who are fully prepared to take every case to trial, we keep a singular focus on the client’s business objectives in every case to make sure that the litigation strategy will help achieve those objectives, and employ tactics designed to achieve successful, early resolutions of cases wherever possible.
Central to our approach is immersing ourselves in our client’s business and tackling problems as if they were our own. We strive to be the leading legal counsel in our client’s industries — dedicating ourselves to developing the canny, insider insight needed to create successful, nimble strategies. Clients trust us with their most complex litigation issues because we approach problems with the understanding that each business has its unique challenges and characteristics. As litigators, we work closely with our colleagues in other disciplines to advise on key legal and industry matters that can impact a client’s dispute resolution. This collaborative, holistic approach allows us to ensure that we are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to crafting the best strategy for our clients’ businesses.
At Mintz, we understand that litigation is our business, not our client’s and that with each new engagement we must work to earn our reputation for excellence. Our top tier team of attorneys focuses on delivering prompt, high quality resolutions for our clients so that they can continue to compete above the rest, today and down the road.
With over 100 lawyers in six offices, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has been recognized as a ‘class-action powerhouse’ (Forbes); ‘the most effective law firm in the United States for lawsuits with a strong social and political component’ (Inside Counsel Magazine); and one of ‘America’s 25 most influential law firms’ (The Trial Lawyer).
For over 45 years, Cohen Milstein has fought corporate abuse, pursuing litigation on behalf of individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that have raised challenging, significant and often novel issues. The firm specializes in holding corporate malefactors accountable for their actions, despite the fact that they often have considerably more resources at their disposal than those injured by their misconduct. Cohen Milstein has earned its reputation by winning complex cases that other law firms typically choose to avoid. The firm has litigated numerous groundbreaking cases, resulting in landmark decisions on previously untried issues involving price fixing, securities, consumer rights, civil rights and other far-reaching matters.
The breadth of the firm’s expertise differentiates it from other plaintiffs’ firms. Working together, Cohen Milstein attorneys benefit from their collective knowledge and experience, which often allows the firm to take a more creative approach to the issue at hand. Cohen Milstein litigates across a wide range of practice areas, including the following:
Civil Rights & Employment
Complex Tort Litigation
Ethics & Fiduciary Counseling
Securities Litigation & Investor Protection
Whistleblower/False Claims Act
The firm is based in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Raleigh, NC.