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  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Barry C. Barnett was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Barry C. Barnett

Susman Godfrey LLP
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas New York, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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Robert I. Bodian was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Robert I. Bodian

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Labor and Employment
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David Boies was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Boies

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Location:
    Armonk, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Bill Carmody was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bill Carmody

Susman Godfrey LLP
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Health Care Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration - Governmental International Arbitration - Commercial Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Troy, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Troy, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Construction Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
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Marc E. Kasowitz was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Marc E. Kasowitz

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mediation Litigation - Construction Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Securities Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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Benjamin R. Nagin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Benjamin R. Nagin

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Arbitration Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Ithaca, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Sports Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Commercial Litigation Definition

General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.
General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.