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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.