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StandoutOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe27999Used a literature metaphor in a battle against Google to convince an Appellate Court that it was possible to copyright software. Commended: Joshua Rosenkranz.
StandoutDLA Piper26899Levelled the playing field by stamping out the practice of vulture funds targeting indebted African countries. Commended: Tara M Lee and Serge Nawej.
StandoutDickstein Shapiro26998Convinced the Government Accountability Office to consider post-award developments in a protest at NASA’s award of a $1.76bn contract. Commended: Scott Arnold.
StandoutKirkland & Ellis26989Clarified the meaning of “standard essential” in a patent violation claim defended on behalf of Cisco et al. Commended: Steven Cherny.
StandoutWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati26989Successfully defended the right of companies in Delaware to choose their forum for litigation through their bylaws.
Highly CommendedAstigarraga Davis25898Developed a cross-border protocol in the wake of the civil asset recovery for the world’s second largest Ponzi investment fraud. Commended: Edward H Davis Jr.
Highly CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom25988Developed a mandatory arbitration bylaw for CommonWealth REIT, establishing a model for stemming shareholder litigation.
Highly CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer24888Challenged the seat of arbitration for BG Group, a gas company, in a case against Argentina, successfully winning in the Supreme Court.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins24978Resurrected the Environmental Protection Agency’s “regional consistency” requirement, in a ruling that benefits the energy industry.
Highly CommendedLittler Mendelson24888Developed a comprehensive new tool to manage single-plaintiff litigation while providing insights on business risks and other employment issues.
Highly CommendedWhite & Case24888Delayed a big airport expansion for six years while developing a comprehensive strategy to win extraordinary recompense for residents.
Highly CommendedDechert23878Two big victories affecting cases of sovereign debtor defaults, working with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Highly CommendedDechert23788Developed a unique divestment strategy to secure the bankruptcy restructuring merger between American Airlines and US Airways. Commended: Paul Denis.
Highly CommendedGibson, Dunn & Crutcher23878Achieved two big victories affecting cases of sovereign debtor defaults, working with Dechert.
Highly CommendedQuinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan23887Partnered with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take on banks responsible for issuing bad mortgage-backed loans before the financial crisis. Commended: Philippe Selendy.
CommendedCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton22778Acted for Wilmington Trust in complex Chapter 11 proceedings against Residential Capital and its affiliated debtors.
CommendedLatham & Watkins22778Protected foreign audit firms from exposure to sanctions and criminal penalties abroad when meeting US Securities and Exchange Commission obligations.
CommendedSimpson Thacher & Bartlett22877Developed a roadmap for future retail mergers threatened by anti-trust law.
CommendedVinson & Elkins22778Closing the floodgates on qui tam suits under the False Claims Act where the suit is for fraudulent receipt of government funds.
CommendedWhite & Case22787Successfully beat one of the largest anti-trust cases globally and challenged the view that juries cannot handle complex damages calculations.
CommendedKirkland & Ellis21777Challenged statute of limitations in a fraudulent transfer risks trial recovering more than $5bn.
CommendedMorrison & Foerster21777Defended Clorox against a shareholder class action that sought to undo results on proposals regarding executive compensation.
CommendedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe21777Challenged the “irreparable harm” argument brought by leading US broadcasters in a win for consumer rights.
CommendedSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom21876Convinced the court to apply the “business judgment” standard rather than the more rigorous “entire fairness” standard in a private merger case.
CommendedFish & Richardson20677Convinced courts to dismiss patent cases in accordance with decisions by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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