At the point when one thinks of a legal counselor, most envision the television kind. The Atticus Finches, the Perry Masons, the Jack McCoys. Those folks are not your behind-the-work area, paper rearranging types.
Beck (left) consults with David Boies during Bush v. Butchery.
Firm: Kirkland and Ellis
Grants: Recognized as a Leading Individual Trial Lawyer in Chambers Global, 2007; probably the best legal advisor in America for Business Litigation by Woodward and White; and a Super Lawyer in Law and Politics World’s Media.
Greatest Hits: In 2009, shut down thousands of asbestos injury guarantees through barrier of W.R. Effortlessness. In the last twelve months, he likewise represented Dow Chemical in its M&A dispute with Rohm and Haas; on night before trial, Rohm consented to invest $3 billion in the joined organization. He has likewise represented Apple in hearing misfortune litigation related to the iPod and General Electric and Philip Morris against injury claims.
What’s been stated: “…a 5-foot-6 dynamo who has shielded tobacco organizations and breast-implant manufacturers with equivalent intensity.” – Forbes, Jan. 7, 2008
What Bernick told us it takes to be a great trial legal counselor: The ability to conceptualize the themes that “wed the relevant law with what will be the key and undisputed facts such that “will resonate with attendants as epitomizing fundamental decency.” The legal advisor additionally must have “total conviction and the ability to show it while maintaining an aura of equalization and credibility.”
Grants: Named the Lawyer of the Year by the National Law Journal and sprinter up for Person of the Year by Time Magazine in 2000. Additionally perceived as The Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the New York Bar Association and Commercial Litigator of the Year by’s Who.
Greatest Hits: Eviscerated Microsoft in an antitrust case. He represented Al Gore in the litigation relating to the 2000 election and won $4 billion for American Express in an antitrust body of evidence against Visa and Microsoft. Boies is currently in trial in San Francisco, representing the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 trial.
What’s been stated: “The Boies memory is one of the first things cited when individuals talk about his strengths. What’s most noteworthy about that gift- – engaged as it might be by the intensified concentration that his dyslexia requests – is Boies’ uncanny ability to review a key fact, legitimate citation or bit of contradictory testimony at moments of the most intense weight.” – Time Magazine, Dec. 25, 2000
Grants: Recognized in Chambers USA 2009: America
‘s Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers In America – 2009; and as a Leading Trial Lawyer in US Legal 500 – 2008.
Greatest Hits: Defended IBM’s ALT key against patent-infringement asserts, and joined Thomas Barr in IBM’s 13-year antitrust battle. Likewise represented Time Warner, Novartis, Alcoa, Xerox, and American Express in antitrust and intellectual property cases.
What’s been stated: “He sits on top of one of the most effective law offices in the country, and he can talk to you almost like you’re a next-entryway neighbor.” – Former Alcoa VP Thomas Meek, Oct. 2009
What Chesler told us it takes to be a great trial legal advisor: The ability “to understand individuals,” “to be sensitive to the crowd and to the messages they are sending.” Diligent preparation is a requirement, but “preparation without sharp attention to how you relate to the particular crowd you are confronting won’t typically work.” And, when questioning witnesses, a great trial attorney consistently adapts to the particular witness.
Grants: Recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States by the National Law Journal in 2006, and was listed in each edition of Chambers USA and Best Lawyers In America for Criminal Defense and Business Litigation.
Greatest Hits: In one of his numerous intellectual property cases, Keker shielded Google against Microsoft. Additionally known for prosecuting Oliver North in the Iran-Contra issue and safeguarding scandalized agents Frank Quattrone and Andrew Fastow.
What’s been stated: Call around and ask lawyers and judges indiscriminately: Who’s the best legal advisor around? The appropriate responses are almost consistently the equivalent:
“Well there’s Keker obviously.” “You mean other than Keker? Well…” “John Keker. He’s gotta be No. 1.”
Thus he is. John Keker, 59, is a trial legal advisor. Not a criminal attorney or a corporate legal advisor or some other name you try to give him. He does trials. That’s it. – San Francisco Chronicle, March 4, 2003.
Keker (right) strolls with client Frank Quattrone.
Firm: Cooley Godward Kronish
Grants: Named to Super Lawyers 2009, The Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers USA 2009.
Greatest Hits: Shifted the fault for enormous flooding in Michigan from his client, Inland Steel, to mother nature. He effectively guarded previous McAfee general advice Kent Roberts in his backdating-related trial and has likewise represented Walter Hewett and General Motors.
What’s been stated: “Stephen Neal, he was smooth as butter… I realize he didn’t come modest.” – Juror in the McAfee trial.
Firm: Quinn Emanuel
Grants: Named “One of the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers” by Euromoney Institutional Investor; “One of California’s Leading Litigators” by Chambers; and “One of the Top 3 Trial Lawyers of Choice by General Counsel in California” by California Law Business.
Greatest Hits: Defended Barbie-marker Mattel from copyright infringement by Bratz-creator MGA Entertainment. Likewise represented different multifaceted investments in the aftermath of bankruptcies by Enron and Parmalat.
What’s been stated: “Caffeinated, forceful and reckless, esq.” – Fast Company, Aug. 7 2008.
Chambers magazine quotes a client saying, essentially, “There is no other.”
What Quinn told us it takes to be a great trial legal counselor: “[T]he ability to glance quiet and in control in any event, when things are coming disturbed” in the courtroom. Likewise, “all top trial lawyers must have a decent memory.”
Firm: Susman Godfrey
Grants: Included in The Best Lawyers in America for a long time running. Perceived as the “Main Commercial Litigator in the World” in 2006 and 2007 by’s Who.
Greatest Hits: Made a name for himself with $550 million win in a milestone paper antitrust case. In 2009, Susman represented Indiana state workers who were granted more than $42 million for inappropriately paid pay rates. He and his partners are currently representing the unbound creditors in the Chrysler bankruptcy. With just two months notice, tried (with child Harry) a multi-million dollar case for Candlewood Timber. He has represented Masimo, Texas Instruments, and vitamin buyers in another enormous antitrust case.
What’s been stated: “He resembles an unquencha
ble creature, and that is the inclination you get in his essence. He terrifies individuals on his own side. The opposition is often terrified.” – American Bar Association Journal, Feb. 2008
Keys To Susman’s Success: Colleagues state Susman can digest mountains of information with incredible speed. During trial, he gets up at 4 am to have four entire hours to plan for the afternoon. He jumps at the chance to keep his practice lean – he instructs the entirety of his lawyers to consistently be courteous to restricting advice and witnesses and not fight over the little stuff.