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State and Federal Courts Diverge in How They've Tackled the Pandemic

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 08:30

The pandemic fueled an unprecedented surge of cooperation between state courts. Federal court officials, meanwhile, have been deliberating how to address future emergencies.


Will DOJ Really Bring Criminal Monopolization Charges?

Sat, 04/30/2022 - 03:10

The Department of Justice has signaled that criminal monopolization cases could be on the horizon. In this week's episode, Axinn's Tiffany Rider illustrated what such a case could entail.


Litigators of the Week: Covington Scores a Major Insurance Coverage Win For Brooklyn Gas Co. Over Gowanus Canal Cleanup Costs

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 08:30

After nearly five weeks of trial, a state court jury in Manhattan sided with Brooklyn Gas Co., represented by Ben Razi, Gretchen Hoff Varner and Mike Lechliter of Covington & Burling, in a dispute over claims for pollution cleanup costs.


Litigators of the Week Runners-Up and Shout outs

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 08:25

Roberto Finzi and Richard Tarlowe of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Justin Weddle of Weddle Law secured a plea deal for their clients, Anilesh "Neil" Ahuja, the founder and former CEO of hedge fund Premium Point Investments and former trader PPI trader Jeremy Shor that resulted in no...

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How Kirkland & Ellis Contributed 5,000-Plus Hours to an Investigation Into Discriminatory Policing in Minneapolis

Thu, 04/28/2022 - 08:30

Kirkland donated about 5,300 hours to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights following the murder of George Floyd. The state's civil rights enforcer announced Wednesday it found Minneapolis and its police department engaged in "a pattern or practice of race discrimination" in...

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Flying Close to the Sun?

Wed, 04/27/2022 - 08:30

2021 was a banner year for the Am Law 100. But will Big Law litigation departments feel the squeeze in its wake?


How Do You Build a Mass Torts Practice Where 90% of Partners are Women? For Sidley, It's Been Decades in the Works

Tue, 04/26/2022 - 08:30

In the core team of 20 lawyers in the firm's product liability and mass torts practice, Sidley reports 90% of the partners are women as well as more than 80% of associates.


Litigators of the Week: The Defense Team that Fended Off Criminal 'No Poach' Charges at Trial for DaVita and Its Former CEO

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 08:30

Lawyers at Morgan Lewis and Wilmer represent the Denver-based dialysis company and a team from Winston & Strawn, Fish & Richardson and McDermott represent former CEO Kent Thiry. A federal jury this week acquitted the defendants on all counts of conspiring with three companies run by DaVita alumni...

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Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 08:25

A team of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath intellectual property litigators led by partners David Gross and Chad Drown won a defense verdict for Seagate after a two-week patent infringement trial.


Art Imitates Life as a Big Law Trial Lawyer

Thu, 04/21/2022 - 08:30

Retired Alston & Bird trial lawyer Michael Kenny discusses his debut novel "Life's Illusions," which follows the life and career path of a fictional Big Law trial lawyer.


The Case of the Pilfered Pokémon Book: A Lesson in Cross-Examination

Wed, 04/20/2022 - 08:30

Effective cross-examination involves story-telling and comparison and contrast, says Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger partner Doris Cheng.


A Few Insights on How We Choose Litigator of the Week

Tue, 04/19/2022 - 08:30

The process, admittedly, is not without its flaws. But there are some things that you can do to help it run better.


Litigation Leaders: O'Melveny's Litigation Co-Chairs Call D&I an Existential Issue for the Firm

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 08:30

Welcome to another edition of our Litigation Leaders series, featuring the litigation practice leaders of the biggest and most innovative firms in


Litigators of the Week: Defense Lawyers for the Poultry Execs Who Won't Be Facing a Third Antitrust Conspiracy Trial

Fri, 04/15/2022 - 08:30

Federal prosecutors announced late last month that after a second mistrial in their criminal case against 10 executives at poultry companies they were dismissing all charges against half the defendants.


A Two-Week Batch of Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 04/15/2022 - 08:25

Our runners-up at Hueston Hennigan landed a $175 million damages award against VPX, the maker of the "Bang" energy drink, after an arbitrator found it doesn't contain creatine.


Point to What Your Opponent Did Wrong and Save Some Nuggets for the Witness Stand: Tips for Compelling Openings

Thu, 04/14/2022 - 08:30

"I'll suggest to you that you are not trying to persuade the jury any less in opening statements than you are in closing arguments. It's just that you have to do so within the confines of the rules of evidence and the rules of procedure and the rules of ethics," says Chicago trial lawyer Dan Kotin.


The Soft Skills It Takes to Succeed as Part of a Virtual Law Firm Trial Team

Wed, 04/13/2022 - 08:30

The multi-firm, all-star approach to staffing multidistrict and mass torts cases may not be a panacea, but it's got its upsides — especially for litigators who aren't afraid to share the credit.


Getting a Jump on a Loaded Week of Litigator of the Week Shout Outs

Tue, 04/12/2022 - 08:30

With two weeks' worth of results in the running this week, we're stretching out the shout outs over a couple of columns to give everyone their due.


How Are Judges Like Athletes?

Mon, 04/11/2022 - 08:30

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mildred Cabán of Puerto Rico and retired Minnesota state court Judge Kevin Burke say their colleagues on the bench could benefit from coaching and time in the film room.


Litigators of the Week: Arnold & Porter and Loevy & Loevy Win $14M for Protestors Injured By Police in Denver George Floyd Protests

Fri, 04/01/2022 - 08:30

After a three week trial in federal court, jurors sided with Arnold & Porter's Tim Macdonald and Matthew Douglas, and Loevy & Loevy's Elizabeth Wang in finding police officers used excessive force against their clients during protests after the 2020 killing of George Floyd.