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Most innovative US law firms 2013: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Cravath, Swaine & MooreStandout99725Acting for Vivendi, the firm rebutted a fraud-on-the-market presumption in a securities fraud case, creating an important precedent.
Cleary GottliebĀ Steen & HamiltonStandout88723Defended HSBC bank against $6.6bn of Madoff claims by helping to establish that the trustees lacked standing.
DechertStandout78823Acted for the noteholders of Mexican manufacturer Vitro to obtain an important fifth-circuit ruling that suggests how foreign insolvencies might be handled by US courts.
Jones DayStandout79723Developed a novel strategy to prove a big business-to-business website was knowingly participating in the sale of counterfeit goods, allowing trademark owners more protection against infringement.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomStandout88723Secured the dismissal of $60bn in damages for UniCredit in common law claims arising from the Madoff case.
WilmerHaleStandout78823Represented Monsanto in the Supreme Court defence of its intellectual property for genetically modified soybeans, clarifying IP law in the sector.
Cleary GottliebĀ Steen & HamiltonHighly commended68822In a judgment against the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the Supreme Court, the firm clarified the time period that government agencies have to complete investigations.
Debevoise & PlimptonHighly commended78722Acting for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the firm secured the largest ever arbitration award by applying a new damages calculation that can be replicated in the future.
Kirkland & EllisHighly commended67922Reinterpreted ancient statute to appeal an infringement decision in a patent dispute before calculating damages in the lower courts.
Orrick, Herrington & SutcliffeHighly commended68822Worked with lawyer Sam Israel to bring the Kirtsaeng case to the Supreme Court, winning an important ruling on whether the principle of first sale should apply to foreign manufactured goods.
Paul HastingsHighly commended86822Protected Align Technology's intellectual property from infringement by ClearCorrect by proving digital files fall under the jurisdiction of the International Trade Commission.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & GarrisonHighly commended68822Represented MasterCard in a class action settlement with US merchants, that could end decades of litigation in the payments industry.
Sullivan & CromwellHighly commended77822Used a novel interpretation of the Morrison case to move a securities fraud litigation case to a German court for its client, Porsche SE.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & KatzHighly commended78722Representing Bank of America, the firm negotiated the national mortgage settlement, the largest joint state-federal settlement in history.
White & CaseHighly commended87722Used a novel interpretation of environmental law to argue for the removal of lights containing a harmful chemical from New York schools.
Covington & BurlingCommended78621Helped former chief executive of IndyMac settle SEC and FDIC cases resulting from the bank's collapse without admitting wrongdoing.
Cravath, Swaine & MooreCommended78621Defended JPMorgan from class action proceedings relating to residential mortgage-backed securities claims where the plaintiffs are not the original purchasers of the securities at issue.
Crowell & MoringCommended77721Challenged an environmental settlement agreement in the Marcellus Shale drilling dispute by establishing "irreparable harm" on behalf of the Pennsylvanian Oil and Gas Association.
Gibson, Dunn & CrutcherCommended76821Achieved two Supreme Court decisions that help companies to challenge class action strategies of plaintiffs, including a win for Standard Fire Insurance Company alongside Robinson & Cole.
Gibson, Dunn & CrutcherCommended77721Continued the impressive record of Gibson lawyer Eugene Scalia in challenging the SEC's responsibilities and authorities, through recent arguments against Dodd-Frank reform.
Hogan LovellsCommended67821Successfully challenged the "good cause" exemption granted by the US Environmental Protection Agency to one of Daimler's competitors.
Mayer BrownCommended76821Acted for the government of Indonesia in its clove cigarette trade dispute with the US, establishing important principles for World Trade Organisation cases.
Paul HastingsCommended87621Negotiated an unprecedented pre-merger labour agreement to move forward American Airlines' merger with US Airways.
Seyfarth ShawCommended87621Using economic experts and a new government estoppel argument, the firm protected Kaplan's right to continue to use credit history as part of its hiring criteria.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomCommended78621Created a unique hybrid settlement agreement and M&A deal to allow PokerStars to simultaneously end Department of Justice investigations and acquire the assets of a close rival.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesCommended77721Successfully defended the board of directors of Satyam from litigation after its chief executive had admitted major fraud.
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