Cahill has a prominent litigation practice with more than 150 litigators. We lead large-scale securities, insurance, reinsurance, antitrust, First Amendment, professional liability, intellectual property, broker-dealer enforcement and regulatory, and white-collar litigation matters, as well as corporate and governmental investigations that are often international in scope.
Cahill lawyers have been on the front lines of largescale securities litigation for nearly a century, focusing on the leading issues of the day. Cahill represents issuers, underwriters, bank lenders, placement agents, officers and directors, accountants, lawyers and broker-dealers in large-scale securities litigation and investigations throughout the world.
Cahill advises boards of directors, special committees and directors and officers of publicly held companies in significant corporate governance matters and investigations. We are often called upon to assist clients with particularly sensitive matters involving corporate governance and ethical malfeasance, including accounting fraud and earnings management, market manipulation, disclosure violations, insider trading and fraud.
Cahill’s broker-dealer practice ranges from narrow investigations regarding the activities of individual traders to some of the broadest global financial market inquiries ever undertaken for the largest and most prestigious global broker-dealers.
Cahill’s lawyers are also trained in a comprehensive range of antitrust and competition matters, from class action litigation and criminal and civil investigations to M&A and other strategic transactions. Cahill litigators represent clients in major civil and criminal investigations and have extensive experience defending antitrust suits asserting price fixing, bid rigging and boycotts, among other claims.
The firm is widely regarded for its ability to develop remedial and compliance plans that appropriately address potential liabilities and provide appropriate responses to governmental and regulatory inquiries.
We have extensive experience conducting multinational investigations involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and commercial bribery laws.
We represent parties in proceedings before Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the United States Attorneys’ Offices, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of the Inspector General, the State Attorneys General, as well as the New York Stock Exchange, FINRA and other prosecutorial and regulatory agencies.
Since its founding in 2012, Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP has become one of the nation’s most influential and respected litigation boutiques.
HSG quickly established itself as a leader in litigation resulting from the Great Recession, recovering billions of dollars for investors and government-sponsored entities in mortgage-backed securities. The firm continues to lead – and win – in high-impact, highly contested matters involving complex issues and requiring skilled courtroom advocacy and expert legal writing and scholarship. Benchmark Litigation named HSG its 2016 New York Law Firm of the Year and a Top 10 Boutique since 2017, and, within three years of its founding, it was one of 10 firms named to The National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List. Many HSG lawyers have been recognized by Chambers, Benchmark, The National Law Journal, and in other rankings and publications.
Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, HSG serves as lead counsel for clients such as Visa, Chubb, HSBC, and government-owned pension funds in a range of disputes, and is particularly well known for:
Financial Markets & Securities Litigation: HSG lawyers have been involved in numerous landmark financial markets cases, representing, among others, banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, foreign governments, trustees, and other market participants. Most recently, the firm has taken the lead on innovative “cost-of-insurance” litigation in the Southern District of New York and other federal courts around the country.
Impact Antitrust Litigation: In addition to the firm’s ongoing representation of Visa in multidistrict litigation involving hundreds of billions of dollars in claimed damages, the firm’s lawyers have represented Comcast, Raytheon, General Re, Saudi Refining, Inc., and other clients in major antitrust litigation and governmental reviews. On the plaintiffs’ side, the firm recently represented Valassis, a MacAndrews & Forbes portfolio company, in a jury trial against News Corp.
Complex Commercial Disputes: HSG represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, whether purely domestic or multi-jurisdictional, and is at the forefront of litigation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, including disputes concerning borrower covenants. Its clients include multinational corporations, financial institutions, hedge and private equity funds, family-owned businesses, directors of public companies, and a founder of Facebook.
Transnational Litigation: The firm has represented numerous clients in matters with transnational dimensions, including creditors against foreign sovereigns in disputes over defaults of their debt. The firm’s lawyers have also represented various foreign sovereigns and state-owned entities in a variety of matters. Additionally, they have represented a range of commercial parties in commercial disputes with a transnational dimension, in matters ranging from international arbitrations to Section 1782 proceedings, and everything in between. The firm is currently challenging the termination of power contracts worth more than a billion dollars in multiple jurisdictions, alleging breach of contract by the Angolan government and tortious interference by General Electric.
Appellate Litigation: HSG’s ranks include multiple former U.S. Supreme Court clerks and federal circuit clerks in its active appellate practice. Among other notable matters, HSG currently serves as nationwide lead trial and appellate counsel for Chubb’s insurance companies in opioid coverage litigation. The firm draws on Judge Holwell’s experience sitting as a designated Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge, as well as the experience of partner James M. McGuire, who has served the state of New York as an appellate and trial court judge.
Investigations/Monitorships: Bringing to bear the firm’s considerable judicial experience, HSG lawyers handle criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations, as well as independent monitorships brought about by consent decrees, settlements, or otherwise.
Key Practice Areas:
Arbitration (International and Domestic)
Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring
Complex Commercial Litigation
White Collar and Government Investigations
Languages Spoken at Firm: English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP (“SKV”) is a diverse and growing litigation boutique based in Houston, Texas, with an office in New Orleans, with nationally-recognized civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense practices.
With its Houston roots, SKV has tried and won numerous energy cases over the years. But our practice is broader than that. We handle civil matters of all sorts, including intellectual property, healthcare, bankruptcy, and general commercial cases. We also have a flourishing white-collar practice, with a third of our attorneys specializing in the area. Our work spans all stages of a case and types of forums. We negotiate favorable resolutions to disputes before they go to court. We go to trial. We arbitrate. We mediate. We handle appeals. And we do so in jurisdictions across the country.
While building our firm, we’ve stayed true to a single principle: People drive success. That’s why we’ve put together a first-class team. The vast majority of our lawyers began their careers as law clerks, and since then, they’ve seen just about everything. So it’s a rare day when we confront a legal issue for the first time.
Experience, though, is just one piston in the engine that powers our firm. Another is our junior attorneys’ vigor. We hire promising young lawyers out of clerkships or early in their careers, and we treat them as future partners. That means they take depositions, draft dispositive motions and appellate merits briefs, and present oral arguments. The results speak for themselves: our associates provide terrific outcomes for our clients.
But all of the individual talent in the world is useless without cohesion. We understand that, too, which is why we’ve fostered a family atmosphere. We’re not only colleagues; we’re friends.
As SKV has grown, we’ve developed into one of the nation’s premiere litigation boutiques, and our commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. In recent years, SKV has been named:
The “Best Litigation Firm in Texas” (Benchmark Litigation)
One of the “10 Best Litigation Boutiques in the United States” (Benchmark Litigation)
The Small Firm Litigation Department of the Year for 2019 (Texas Lawyer)
A “Top 150 Under 150” firm for 2021 (Vault)
SKV has also topped Vault’s national rankings for midsize firms, placing #1 for quality of work for associates, #2 for hours, #2 for culture, #4 for compensation, and #5 for career outlook.
Racking up awards has never been our goal, but we appreciate the high praise. What matters most is delivering exceptional results for our clients while maintaining the family-like culture that brought us together in the first place. And as these decorations suggest, over the past 25 plus years, we’ve done just that.
More than half the attorneys at Patterson Belknap are devoted to litigation. Our litigation Partners have tried hundreds of cases, including many of the most complex in their fields. Over 75 percent of the Firm’s litigators have held judicial clerkships, including at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal District Courts, and various State Courts.
Our work includes complex commercial disputes; intellectual property litigation, including patents, false advertising, trademark and copyright; law firm defense; structured finance litigation; False Claims Act and whistleblower defense; antitrust; privacy and data security; government and internal investigations; creditors’ rights; anti-counterfeiting; products liability; structured finance; and employment.
The Firm’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, as well as individual officers and directors of large companies in industries such as multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers, media conglomerates, and financial institutions. In addition, we represent foreign governments, state-owned enterprises, major banks, brokerage firms, pension funds, insurance companies, major investors, entrepreneurs, and privately-held corporations. We have in-depth experience in a number of industries, including pharmaceuticals; medical devices; consumer products; food and beverage; media and entertainment; financial services and investment management; manufacturing; technology and communications; commercial real estate; and others.
Our litigation team is at the cutting edge of today’s high-proﬁle disputes resulting from the meltdown of the mortgage-backed securities market and global credit crisis. We are the leading law firm representing the monoline insurance industry in its efforts to recover against financial institutions and other sponsors of residential mortgage-backed securities transactions.
The Firm is a leader in intellectual property litigation and our attorneys are recognized among the leading practitioners in the nation. Our Patent Litigation team secured one of the largest U.S. patent settlements ever, $1.7 billion, on behalf of a long-standing client. This was the culmination of a series of patent litigations relating to coronary stents in which we secured approximately $3.6 billion overall for our client.
Our success in patent litigation is facilitated in part by the scientific and technical backgrounds and varied industry experience of many of our attorneys. This includes experience in diverse fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, statistics, mathematics, and chemical, nuclear and electrical engineering. These skills benefit our clients, not only in patent infringement litigation, but also in complex reexamination and interference proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
In addition, our False Advertising practice is consistently recognized on a national level as being “one of the elite players in false advertising litigation.” Our attorneys have represented both plaintiﬀs and defendants in false advertising cases throughout the nation.
We advise clients with respect to claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and ideas as both plaintiﬀs and defendants. We often counsel on ways to make these types of claims less likely and to protect our clients’ secrets and ideas. We regularly represent major corporations in cases of corporate espionage, a growing issue worldwide.
Our widely recognized Media and Entertainment group continues to secure high-proﬁle litigation wins on behalf of our clients. We represent major media companies, radio and television networks, music companies, cable operators, production companies, publishers, internet companies, and well-known entertainers in a wide array of maters. In addition to the full range of commercial issues, we represent clients in investigations matters, as well as copyright, trademark, false advertising, First Amendment, libel and slander, rights of privacy and publicity, and other intellectual property disputes.
The Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations team includes several former federal prosecutors, a former Senior Counsel for the SEC’s Enforcement Division, and the former Attorney General of the State of New Jersey. The group conducts sensitive investigations that can be critical in preventing or halting potential criminal and civil problems on behalf of business organizations and individuals. We handle cases involving investigations by state and federal prosecutorial and regulatory agencies throughout the U.S., frequently including litigation components.
The Firm also has a specialized anti-counterfeiting practice that works with clients to address the growing global product counterfeiting problem. Our team litigates counterfeiting and product diversion cases on behalf of major international corporations, often involving counterfeit medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other consumer, industrial, and electronic products where the counterfeit has the potential to cause serious injury or death. Team attorneys have successfully sued and executed seizure orders globally against hundreds of individuals and businesses that have manufactured and distributed counterfeits. This has resulted in the seizure and destruction of millions of counterfeits and the collection of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments. Their efforts have also secured criminal convictions of many counterfeiters and resulted in their incarceration.
The National Law Journal has recognized Patterson Belknap as “a major player in defending law firms against complex liability claims.” Our legal defense practice recently won several high-proﬁle victories for law firms accused of malpractice and related torts. We have defended legal malpractice, conflict of interest, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims, represented lawyers in disciplinary proceedings, untangled disputes over partnership compensation, opposed disqualification motions, and represented firms facing third-party subpoenas. The Firm’s Appellate group combines our national recognition in trial work involving advertising, patents, copyrights, trademarks, products liability, false advertising, and media law with the experience of litigators who have successfully argued numerous landmark appeals. Clients work not only with appellate practitioners having a track record of success, but also with practitioners deeply grounded in the subject matter of the appeal.