Litigation and Arbitration
The firm handles major cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, before government agencies, and in a wide variety of domestic and international arbitration settings. Our experience in civil litigation covers a number of substantive areas, including antitrust and unfair competition, bankruptcy litigation and counseling, mass torts, class action defense, commercial disputes, directors and officers litigation, employment, healthcare litigation, partnership disputes, products liability, real estate and construction litigation, and securities litigation.
Our attorneys have significant experience handling appeals before federal and state appellate courts across the country and regularly represent organizations as amicus curiae in appellate matters presenting legal questions with broad policy implications. The firm has successfully handled appeals in cases where we represented a party in the lower court and in cases where we have specifically been brought in for our appellate proficiency. Many of our attorneys have also clerked for judges on numerous federal district and appellate courts.
With every dispute, in any forum, we offer thoughtful counseling before a decision is made to litigate, and we have substantial experience in negotiating favorable pre-litigation settlements for our clients where appropriate. If pre-litigation settlement is not feasible or advisable, we are skilled at using the pretrial process to put our cases in the best posture for disposition by motion, settlement, or trial. Our litigators are first-rate trial lawyers: we have successfully handled hundreds of trials, arbitration hearings, and administrative procedures in state and federal tribunals across the country and in every major type of arbitration forum. We have an outstanding record in high-stakes, high-profile litigation, including cases involving claimed damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Our trial experience helps us manage the discovery process efficiently and cost-effectively by keeping the focus on the facts that will advance our claims or defenses at trial. That focus — along with our intensity, creativity, and skillful negotiating — helps us settle cases on excellent terms.
Our litigation and arbitration team has been recognized in several leading rankings publications. The Legal 500 described the firm’s strong commitment to client service and praised us as “one of the best mid-sized firms.” It also noted that the firm “differentiates itself by the creativity and flexibility it brings to its work, enabling it to handle disputes across an incredibly wide number of subject areas.” Chambers recognized the firm’s commercial litigation practice as highly regarded, noting that our “level of service is stellar” and our “work product is uniformly superb;” “a great firm with high quality across the board.”
- Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded
- White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: The Elite
Jumana Rahman spoke with the Financial Times about the potential implications of a forthcoming UK FCA test case in the English High Court relating to business interruption policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals
- Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Corporates
- General Commercial Disputes
- Securities Litigation: Defense
Chambers has recognized Cohen & Gresser in its 2020 USA guide for its achievements in General Commercial Litigation and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Chambers commentary highlights the firm's "thoroughness, quality, responsiveness, client care and availability,” noting that "the level of service is stellar, the work product is uniformly superb,” and that C&G is "a great firm with high quality across the board."
Chambers also recognized the following individuals: Jonathan S Abernethy for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Karen H Bromberg for Intellectual Property: Patent; Mark S Cohen for Securities Litigation and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations; and Lawrence T Gresser for Commercial Litigation.
Cohen & Gresser's Paris office has been recognized in The Legal 500’s 2020 Europe, Middle East, and Africa guide for its work in seven practice areas: Compliance, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Stock Market Litigation, Tax, White Collar Crime, and IT and Internet. Clients note that the team in Paris “shows great availability and responsiveness” and is “very effective in working through problems and understanding issues to reach reasonable resolutions.”
Cohen & Gresser announces the promotion of Thomas Shortland to counsel in the firm's London office. Tom advises on a broad range of commercial and business disputes, including English High Court litigation, international arbitration, internal investigations, and regulatory proceedings.
- Corporate Investigations/White Collar
- Corporate Investigations/White Collar – Advice to Individuals
- General Commercial Disputes
- Securities Litigation Defense
C&G helped secure a victory in a case alleging that President Trump violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting benefits from foreign governments without seeking and obtaining congressional consent. C&G represents five legal historians who filed an amicus brief citing extensive historical sources demonstrating that the Founding Fathers shared the plaintiffs’ definition of emoluments. Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in denying Trump’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, expressly stated that “[t]he Court appreciates the illuminating analysis provided by the amici,” and that “Amici Legal Historians soundly reject the President’s narrow definition of Emolument as inaccurate, unrepresentative, and misleading.”
The National Law Journal published a piece about the importance of our clients’ amicus brief, mentioning Cohen & Gresser’s role, and quoting Washington, D.C. Managing Partner, Melissa Maxman, linked here.
This is the second time a district judge has relied in large part upon our legal historian clients’ brief in construing the Emoluments Clause.
Christian R Everdell has been promoted to partner, and Joanna K Chan, Erica Lai, and David F Lisner have been promoted to counsel.
"Congratulations and thanks to each of these exceptional attorneys for their commitment to excellence, integrity, and superb client service. We are very fortunate to have them," said Managing Partner, Lawrence T Gresser.
Defunct gossip website Gawker will soon start paying $20 million it owes to shareholders — including founder Nick Denton — court proceedings revealed Wednesday. This action follows a jury's decision last March to award Hulk Hogan $140 million in his invasion of privacy suit against Gawker. C&G's Daniel H Tabak was counsel for Mr. Hogan during these proceedings.
- "Gawker to Start Paying $20M Owed to Shareholders, Founder Nick Denton," New York Daily News.
- "Gawker Founder Nick Denton to Leave Bankruptcy," The Wall Street Journal.
Daniel H Tabak is leading the team representing Hulk Hogan in the bankruptcy case against Gawker and Nick Denton. The following news outlets provided coverage:
Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce the opening of its fourth office in Washington, D.C. The Washington office will be led by partner Melissa H Maxman, and will handle a range of commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, with a focus on U.S. antitrust issues, criminal and civil litigation, and compliance and regulatory disputes in the federal agencies.
In a follow-up interview with Corporate Counsel Business Journal, Thomas E Bezanson joins Hon. George Bundy Smith to discuss the appeal proceedings in Larabee v. Spitzer, a case in which he argued for increased compensation for four New York State judges.
In an interview with Corporate Counsel Business Journal, Thomas E Bezanson joins Hon. George Bundy Smith to discuss his role in Larabee v. Spitzer, a case in which he argued for increased compensation for four New York State judges.
- What are the common issues arising in the corporate bankruptcy and insolvency process in today’s market, and how will those issues complicate bankruptcy litigation?
- How have recent court rulings impacted the corporate bankruptcy litigation space, and how are these issues likely to affect parties going forward?
- What are the most significant factors in reaching as positive an outcome as possible for all parties involved in a bankruptcy dispute?
In his latest column for Federal Bar Council Quarterly, C Evan Stewart revisits the infamous Supreme Court ruling on Bush v. Gore.
John W Gibson and Tim Harris discuss the enforcement risks created by cum-ex transactions and the implications for jurisdictions, such as the UK, where cum-ex transactions per se have not been carried out, but where dividend arbitrage trades carry a risk of facilitating tax evasion, money laundering, or market abuse.
In his latest column for Federal Bar Council Quarterly, C Evan Stewart revisits the events that ultimately led to the indictment, conviction, reinstatement, and presidential pardon of attorney I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Chief of Staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
C Evan Stewart explores the Sarbanes-Oxley protocols and states' ethical standards in his latest column for the NY Business Law Journal.
C Evan Stewart examines the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the gold clause cases of the 1930s in his latest Legal History column for the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.
C Evan Stewart explores the ethical and legal questions that have challenged attorney-client privilege throughout the years.
Reprinted with permission from: NY Business Law Journal, Winter 2018, Vol. 22, No. 2, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.
Loïc Henriot et Magalie Jullien discutent la nouvelle loi française sur la protection du secret des affaires dans leur derniere C&G Client Alert.
(Loïc Henriot and Magalie Jullien review the new French law regarding the protection of trade secrets in their latest C&G Client Alert.)
In his latest article for the NY Business Law Journal, C Evan Stewart explores the attorney work product doctrine as it relates to investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies.
This article appeared in NY Business Law Journal, Summer 2018, Vol. 22, No. 1, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207.
C Evan Stewart explores Buck v. Bell in his latest piece for the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.
In an article for the Federal Bar Council Quarterly, C Evan Stewart explores the impact of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as it relates to the right of economic free will, or "freedom of contract."
Recent arbitration cases, including the “game changer” AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, suggest new ways a defendant should proceed if the right to arbitrate is at all unclear. Perhaps most import, a defendant should think long and hard about expressly disclaiming the right to arbitrate any claims, even if it seems momentarily advantageous.
A memorandum from in-house counsel advising company employees on how to maintain the attorney-client privilege over their communications with the company’s attorneys, and further explaining the nature of counsel’s relationship with the company and its employees.
This document includes an integrated note with important explanations and drafting tips for creating a letter from a company notifying a potential defendant of its intent to file a lawsuit.
Mr. Stewart opines on the growing consensus that class actions are not always the best means by which to resolve complex litigation.
Melissa H Maxman moderated an American Bar Association panel during the Class Actions National (Virtual) Institute that examined the ethical challenges and boundaries to class action settlements. The panel explored several themes, including attorney communications with absent class members; potential conflicts of interest between class members; and objectors to class action settlements.
Erica Lai moderated a panel discussion about protecting voter rights amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with three of the attorneys leading this important charge. The panel was put on by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC), with the support of national and local minority bar associations.
C Evan Stewart will speak at a Practising Law Institute CLE program, titled “Securities Litigation 2020: From Investigation to Trial.” The program examines the issues that can arise in the most complex securities matters and will update practitioners on the latest best practices and case law.
C Evan Stewart discussed "Human Nature and Securities Disputes" at a New York State Bar Association webcast, titled "Securities Arbitration 2020: Deep Dive."
C Evan Stewart chaired a Practising Law Institute CLE program, titled “Ethics for Commercial Litigators 2020,” which reviewed complex ethical issues and relevant case law arising out of commercial litigation.
Muriel Goldberg-Darmon, Associée du cabinet Cohen & Gresser à Paris et leader du Chapitre Français du Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA), a organisé un petit-déjeuner au cours duquel Yousr Khalil & Caroline Fagard, de Forensic Risk Alliance, ont fait une présentation sur l’eDiscovery et Forensic Accounting dans les contentieux et investigations. Des avocates de cabinets français ou internationaux, reconnues pour leur compétence en la matière, ont participé à cet évènement.
(Partner Muriel Goldberg-Darmon, leader of the French Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA), hosted a breakfast at Cohen & Gresser’s Paris office during which Yousr Khalil & Caroline Fagard from Forensic Risk Alliance spoke about eDiscovery and forensic accounting in litigation and investigations. High-profile female lawyers from major French and international law firms joined the breakfast).