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  • Location:
    Santa Ana, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Thomas H. Bienert, Jr.

Bienert Katzman, PC
  • Location:
    San Clemente, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Media Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - ERISA
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Morgan Chu was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Morgan Chu

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Information Technology Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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Andra Barmash Greene was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andra Barmash Greene

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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John W. Keker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John W. Keker

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Century City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Walnut Creek, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property

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Practice Area Definition

Bet-the-Company Litigation Definition

Bet-the-company litigation threatens to overwhelm and swallow your company, whether a start-up or a long established member of the Fortune 100. Life-threatening stakes can arise from government investigations (Arthur Andersen), large scale industrial disasters (the Gulf Oil Spill, Fukushima), and potential products liability (tobacco, pharmaceuticals). The threat may not be financial. Litigation also can threaten the company’s continued existence through attacks on the company’s core products, core business, or reputation. 

Bet-the-company cases create unique challenges. Counsel inside and outside the company must respond to several alarmed constituencies, including insiders (management, the board, employees, shareholders, investors); outsiders (customers, vendors, lenders, insurers), and regulatory authorities (to name only a few: SEC, FTC, FDA, EPA, and DOJ and their international counterparts). Counsel must conduct every aspect of the litigation with the needs and desires of these sometimes conflicting constituencies constantly in mind. 

The company may face multiple investigations: congressional, criminal, regulatory, as well as special quasi-governmental commissions and internal investigations conducted by the company itself or by other parties. Counsel must deal with these investigations understanding that decisions made early on can have an enormous impact on the outcomes of investigations, subsequent litigation, and on the ultimate resolution.  

Litigation may erupt in multiple jurisdictions (federal, state, international) and in multiple forms (criminal, civil, administrative, arbitral). The company may face multiple litigation adversaries, including the United States Department of Justice, State Attorneys General, regulatory counsel, and private counsel for adverse parties. Parties aligned with the company will have their own counsel, constituencies and agendas. The formal and informal coordination of all these proceedings and parties will impact the duration, cost and course of the litigation. The reputation of the company’s lead counsel – in part pre-existing and in part earned over the course of the litigation – will be critical in dealing with all these tribunals, parties, and attorneys. 

Bet-the-company cases require an ability not only to navigate in these different environments, but also to see how the moving parts fit together. That in turn is the key to a more important ability: to work out, with the client, a plan – a plan that will be constantly adjusted – to get from the chaotic beginning to a satisfactory resolution.  

It is best in bet-the-company cases to have a lead lawyer responsible for coordinating the varied teams of lawyers needed to handle, under a coherent plan, all these facets of the problem – teams with varying types of expertise, drawn from multiple firms, and often working in different locations. With leadership, cohesive teams can solve extraordinary problems. 


Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

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Bet-the-company litigation threatens to overwhelm and swallow your company, whether a start-up or a long established member of the Fortune 100. Life-threatening stakes can arise from government investigations (Arthur Andersen), large scale industrial disasters (the Gulf Oil Spill, Fukushima), and potential products liability (tobacco, pharmaceuticals). The threat may not be financial. Litigation also can threaten the company’s continued existence through attacks on the company’s core products, core business, or reputation. 

Bet-the-company cases create unique challenges. Counsel inside and outside the company must respond to several alarmed constituencies, including insiders (management, the board, employees, shareholders, investors); outsiders (customers, vendors, lenders, insurers), and regulatory authorities (to name only a few: SEC, FTC, FDA, EPA, and DOJ and their international counterparts). Counsel must conduct every aspect of the litigation with the needs and desires of these sometimes conflicting constituencies constantly in mind. 

The company may face multiple investigations: congressional, criminal, regulatory, as well as special quasi-governmental commissions and internal investigations conducted by the company itself or by other parties. Counsel must deal with these investigations understanding that decisions made early on can have an enormous impact on the outcomes of investigations, subsequent litigation, and on the ultimate resolution.  

Litigation may erupt in multiple jurisdictions (federal, state, international) and in multiple forms (criminal, civil, administrative, arbitral). The company may face multiple litigation adversaries, including the United States Department of Justice, State Attorneys General, regulatory counsel, and private counsel for adverse parties. Parties aligned with the company will have their own counsel, constituencies and agendas. The formal and informal coordination of all these proceedings and parties will impact the duration, cost and course of the litigation. The reputation of the company’s lead counsel – in part pre-existing and in part earned over the course of the litigation – will be critical in dealing with all these tribunals, parties, and attorneys. 

Bet-the-company cases require an ability not only to navigate in these different environments, but also to see how the moving parts fit together. That in turn is the key to a more important ability: to work out, with the client, a plan – a plan that will be constantly adjusted – to get from the chaotic beginning to a satisfactory resolution.  

It is best in bet-the-company cases to have a lead lawyer responsible for coordinating the varied teams of lawyers needed to handle, under a coherent plan, all these facets of the problem – teams with varying types of expertise, drawn from multiple firms, and often working in different locations. With leadership, cohesive teams can solve extraordinary problems.