Rankings: Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms

  • October 15, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: McKool Smith

    After a year in which they raked in nearly $1 billion in verdicts and publicly available settlements from deep-pocketed opponents, attorneys with McKool Smith PC say they are also particularly proud of representing a “salt of the earth” developer in a multimillion-dollar case that included a hearing beneath an oak tree.

  • October 14, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Lieff Cabraser

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP spent the past year facing off against a who’s who of major class action defendants, negotiating headline-grabbing settlements with companies ranging from Apple and Google to Philip Morris and other tobacco giants.

  • October 13, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Susman Godfrey

    Susman Godfrey LLP continued its winning streak for plaintiffs this year in cases covering the intellectual property, securities and antitrust arenas, helping to solidify its formidable reputation in the courtroom and landing it among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms for the third year running.

  • October 9, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Robins Kaplan

    In March, Robins Kaplan LLP capped off a lengthy antitrust suit by finalizing $590.5 million in settlements with Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital and other private-equity juggernauts accused of conspiring to drive down the cost of takeovers, adding another chapter to the firm’s history of taking on powerful, well-funded defendants.

  • October 8, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Robbins Geller

    Going the distance in high-risk battles with the nation’s top defense firms and their well-heeled clients may seem daunting to some firms, but Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has made a name for itself by plunging headfirst into such challenges, landing it among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms for the third consecutive year.

  • October 7, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Motley Rice

    After getting a verdict against Arab Bank for providing services to a terrorist group, taking on the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, and inking wrongful death and personal injury settlements between smokers and three major tobacco companies, Motley Rice LLC has again earned a spot among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.

  • October 5, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Labaton Sucharow

    Labaton Sucharow LLP’s relentless advocacy for shareholders taking on big institutions in complex securities litigation scored several landmark settlements in the past year, notably involving mortgage giant Fannie Mae, energy conglomerate Weatherford International and metal producer Freeport-McMoRan, landing it among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.

  • October 2, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Hagens Berman

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP has risen to the peaks of plaintiff work, growing from its humble beginnings as a nine-attorney firm in Seattle to serving as co-lead counsel on giant class actions against industry leaders like Apple, Toyota and the NCAA.

  • October 1, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Grant & Eisenhofer

    Taking on tough cases has long been part of the culture at Grant & Eisenhofer PA, and it doubled down on that promise this year, expanding into working for plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device mass actions and adding 1,000 new clients, landing the firm among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.

  • September 29, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Bernstein Litowitz

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP has racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries this past year, including a $500 million settlement over Bear Stearns’ sale of mortgage-backed securities, earning it a place among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.

  • September 28, 2015

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Beasley Allen

    When bargaining for its $2 billion chunk of this year’s proposed $18.7 billion settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Alabama got help from Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC, a product liability and consumer protection powerhouse that calls the state home.

  • September 27, 2015

    Law360 Names Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms Of 2015

    A handful of plaintiffs firms have won some of the largest and most impactful judgments and settlements over the past year, including a landmark $500 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase over its sale of mortgage-backed securities and a $663 million judgment against construction products giant Trinity Industries Inc. over defective guardrails. These firms are Law360’s Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2015.

  • November 18, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Susman Godfrey

    Susman Godfrey LLP enhanced its already sterling reputation as a top-tier plaintiffs firm this year by helping consumers secure approval of a landmark billion-dollar settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. over unintended acceleration problems in vehicles.

  • November 17, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Robins Kaplan

    When Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP in December as co-lead counsel secured court approval for a $7.25 billion settlement with Visa, MasterCard and major card-issuing banks in the sprawling payment card antitrust multidistrict litigation, that outcome helped push the firm’s recovery for a diverse set of plaintiffs to more than $11 billion in 12 months.

  • November 14, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Robbins Geller

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP spent the last year racking up impressive trial wins and multimillion-dollar recoveries for investors, including an unprecedented $2.5 billion judgment against HSBC Holdings PLC unit Household International Inc. and three of its former executives, landing it among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms for the second consecutive year.

  • November 13, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Lieff Cabraser

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP made headlines this year for securing a lead role in the controversial litigation over General Motors Co.’s faulty ignition switches, but it has also scored big wins recently for vulnerable employees — including a $39 million Bank of America Corp. settlement for female financial advisers — landing among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.

  • November 12, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: The Lanier Law Firm

    The Lanier Law Firm PLLC in April landed a ground-shaking $9 billion verdict at the federal bellwether trial over cancer risks connected to the blockbuster diabetes drug Actos, making headlines for the size of the verdict and for laying bare evidence that drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. destroyed key documents.

  • November 10, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Labaton Sucharow

    Labaton Sucharow LLP recovered more than $1.4 billion for institutional investors this year in staggering securities and antitrust class actions against behemoth organizations including American International Group Inc., Massey Energy Co. and Hewlett-Packard Co., solidifying its reputation as one of the top plaintiffs firms in the business.

  • November 7, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Grant & Eisenhofer

    Grant & Eisenhofer PA built on its sterling record of settlements and litigation wins for investors, consumers and whistleblowers over the past year with a $200 million deal for Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. shareholders and a multimillion-dollar payment from Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison in a derivative suit.

  • November 6, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Gibbs & Bruns LLP

    Houston-based Gibbs & Bruns LLP has guided a team of institutional investors, including Pimco and BlackRock, in a trailblazing effort to enforce securitization contracts in the wake of the national subprime mortgage crisis, securing a whopping total of $21 billion in settlements from Countrywide, Residential Capital, JPMorgan and Citigroup.

  • November 5, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Cohen Milstein

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC helped consumers reach an unusually structured $450 million settlement with Apple Inc. earlier this year in a hotly contested and closely watched antitrust suit over the company’s marketing of e-books, leading the firm to repeat as one of Law360’s most feared plaintiffs firms.

  • November 4, 2014

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Bernstein Litowitz

    Bernstein Litowitz had a billion-dollar year with just its top three settlements — a $688 million deal with Merck & Co. Inc. over the claimed efficacy of cholesterol drug Vytorin, a $280 million deal with JPMorgan over mortgage-backed securities, and a $99 million deal with Ernst & Young LLP over its auditing before Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s historic bankruptcy — making it one of our Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2014.

  • October 29, 2014

    Law360 Names Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms Of 2014

    They have given the U.S. Department of Justice a run for its money in extracting billion-dollar accords from big banks. They have won jaw-dropping settlements and jury verdicts against drugmakers over the hidden harms of pharmaceuticals. And they have put the clamps on monopolistic practices that hurt small businesses everywhere. They are Law360’s Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2014.

  • October 22, 2013

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Susman Godfrey

    Susman Godfrey LLP has deployed its thorough understanding of strategy and tactics on both sides of the docket, well-considered efficiency in filings and arguments, and top flight talent to secure some huge wins over the past year, earning a spot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.

  • October 21, 2013

    Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm: Robbins Geller

    A roster stacked with talent and a fearless management philosophy founded on a willingness to take any case to trial have propelled Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP to one blockbuster recovery after another and landed them a spot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.