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Rankings: Trial Aces

  • August 21, 2015

    Trial Ace: Jones Day's Theodore Grossman

    Hailed by his peers as a “cross-examination machine,” Jones Day litigator Theodore M. Grossman has time and again achieved wins for his clients in multifarious high-stakes nationwide matters, recently leading blockbuster cases including Macy’s Inc.'s dispute with Martha Stewart's company and J.C. Penney Co. Inc.

  • August 20, 2015

    Trial Ace: Jones Day's Truc Do

    Jones Day's Truc Do is unflappable in high-stakes trials, prosecuting famed music producer Phil Spector to a murder conviction and later defending author James Arthur Ray against reckless manslaughter charges stemming from widely publicized deaths in the self-help guru's sweat lodge.

  • August 19, 2015

    Trial Ace: Jackson Walker's Chip Babcock

    When Jackson Walker LLP’s Charles L. “Chip” Babcock is asked to recall a meaningful moment in his career as a trial lawyer, what comes to mind is not defending prominent clients such as Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet or notching precedent-setting First Amendment wins for print and broadcast journalists.

  • August 18, 2015

    Trial Ace: Jackson Lewis' Vincent Cino

    Jackson Lewis PC Chairman Vincent Cino has a unique ability to dismantle plaintiffs and witnesses on cross-examination without turning off a jury — a quality that was on display when the Newark, New Jersey-born litigator went into a one-room courthouse in Montana and beat back a nursing home employee's wrongful discharge suit.

  • August 17, 2015

    Trial Ace: Irell & Manella's Morgan Chu

    Irell & Manella LLP partner Morgan Chu has racked up 32 trial wins in patent cases, resulting in actual payments to his clients totaling more than $5 billion, a run of courtroom success that began when he was tapped to represent Mattel Inc. as a young attorney, despite an almost total lack of courtroom experience or knowledge about patent law.

  • August 14, 2015

    Trial Ace: Greenberg Traurig's Barry Richard

    When Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder Barry Richard got the chance to convince the U.S. Supreme Court in January that a Florida law barring judges from directly soliciting campaign money is constitutional, he figured that tailoring his arguments to Justice Anthony Kennedy would be the best way to win.

  • August 13, 2015

    Trial Ace: Greenberg Traurig's Lori Cohen

    With 57 trials under her belt, and a whopping 56 wins, Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Lori Cohen has made a name for herself as a fearless attorney known for out-preparing her competitors and not letting anything get in her way — not even an emergency root canal.

  • August 12, 2015

    Trial Ace: Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro

    Gibson Dunn attorney Randy Mastro, who’s notched wins in high-profile trials throughout the past few decades, always sought to advocate for causes he believes in, but as a college undergraduate he wasn’t sure he would do it as a lawyer.

  • August 11, 2015

    Trial Ace: Gibbs & Bruns' Robin Gibbs

    Richard Nixon was in the White House when he started practicing law. He's reigned atop the Houston legal scene for the better part of two decades and has already won more cases than many of his peers will ever try. But despite all his experience, accolades and success, attorney Robin Gibbs still gets anxious before the start of a new trial.

  • August 10, 2015

    Trial Ace: Fish & Richardson's Frank Scherkenbach

    Fish & Richardson PC's Frank Scherkenbach, a veteran patent litigator who has notched numerous victories for some of the world's most prominent technology companies, says being sincere and candid and not grandstanding or using overly aggressive tactics are the qualities that most sway juries and ultimately win the day in the courtroom.

  • August 7, 2015

    Trial Ace: Fish & Richardson's Tom Melsheimer

    Although his 50 wins in 60 cases tried to verdict make victory a familiar sensation, facing the swarming media outside a Texas federal court after Mark Cuban’s SEC battle was a “one-of-a-kind” situation for Law360 Trial Ace Tom Melsheimer.

  • August 6, 2015

    Trial Ace: Fish & Richardson's Juanita Brooks

    For Juanita Brooks, her representation of John DeLorean — whose iconic car-turned-time-machine appeared in “Back to the Future” — is a case she would not go back in time to change. And as the movie celebrates its 30th anniversary, the Law360 Trial Ace can reflect on a career in which she’s won almost all of her 140 trials.

  • August 5, 2015

    Trial Ace: Dechert's Andrew Levander

    Veteran litigator and Law360 Trial Ace Andrew Levander always keeps his mind on the big picture when he’s conducting a cross-examination, even when a hostile defendant springs out of a witness stand to silence him, causing him to duck behind an armed FBI agent in self-defense.

  • August 4, 2015

    Trial Ace: Cravath’s Evan Chesler

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP Chairman Evan Chesler doesn’t like surprises at trial, but when he was cross-examining the government’s chief economics witness during a bench trial last summer in the U.S. Department of Justice’s case against American Express Co.’s anti-steering rules, he received something unexpected — a compliment.

  • August 3, 2015

    Trial Ace: Cooley's Stephen Neal

    Steered by cool logic, zealous preparation and a quick wit, Cooley LLP's Stephen Neal has steered clients to more than 35 trial wins, often in bet-the-company litigation, with a nearly 90 percent win rate that reflects his deft approach to persuasive storytelling.

  • July 31, 2015

    Trial Ace: Carlton Fields' Ethan Horwitz

    Intellectual property litigator and Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP partner Ethan Horwitz knew two things when he was studying for his mathematics doctorate: He was not interested in law, and he certainly had no desire to become a litigator.

  • July 30, 2015

    Trial Ace: BuckleySandler's David Krakoff

    Intense, persistent and tireless are adjectives that tend to pepper colleagues' descriptions of BuckleySandler LLP partner David Krakoff when he prepares for trial.

  • July 29, 2015

    Trial Ace: Boies Schiller's William Isaacson

    In an Oakland, California, courtroom last June, NCAA President Mark Emmert faced a tense cross-examination from Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP's William Isaacson, who represented student athletes in their antitrust suit against the NCAA.

  • July 28, 2015

    Trial Ace: Baker Botts' William H. Jeffress Jr.

    For an attorney who has spent just over four decades at the forefront of some of the industry's most high-profile civil and criminal trials, Baker Botts LLP partner William H. Jeffress Jr. takes a somewhat casual tone when discussing his path to the legal profession.

  • July 27, 2015

    Trial Ace: Akin Gump's Steven Zager

    Steven Zager knows through decades of experience that it can be difficult to keep a jury engaged during a complicated trial. But when the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP intellectual property partner instructed his client to perform a mock surgery in the courtroom, jurors were on the edge of their seats and ultimately returned a verdict in the physician's favor.

  • July 26, 2015

    Law360's Trial Aces Make Winning Look Easy

    They have first-chaired many hundreds of high-stakes trials between them, with an average win rate of over 80 percent. Their arguments have set new precedent, and their cross-examinations are the stuff of legends. They’re creative and persuasive and can charm the most unsympathetic jury. And if bringing a toy giraffe into the courtroom helps win the case, at least one Law360 Trial Ace can do that too.