Overview

When we represent a client facing bet-the-company contractual disputes, we take a direct approach, deploying an assertive, detail-oriented team of litigators to explore every avenue that can lead to success. We don’t litigate to settle. We litigate to win because we know some cases can't be settled reasonably, and because we know the best settlements depend on being prepared to win at trial.

Our clients are international in scope and represent a broad range of industries, including financial, real estate, manufacturing, and energy. We won complete dismissal of claims brought by a disgruntled partner of the group that developed the Mohegan Sun casino.  We represented the Brazilian financier Daniel Dantas and Opportunity Equity Partners in U.S. district and appellate courts and ICC arbitrations in Paris in partnership disputes concerning ownership and control rights of multibillion dollar companies. On behalf of Florida Power & Light, we won $261 million in damages in an international arbitration in Geneva following the cancellation of a geothermal power project in Indonesia.

While representing Genesco against The Finish Line, Inc., and UBS AG, we won specific performance of a $1.5 billion merger agreement in one of the first such cases to be tried in the wake of the credit crisis. We won a $100 million jury verdict in a class action against AT&T, in which we asserted breach of contract claims relating to the sale of its mobile business. And in a case defending DuPont against claims by Monsanto for breach of a license agreement, we won a complete victory after a three-week arbitration. 

We also have achieved significant successes for high-net-worth individuals and for hedge funds. For instance, we represented S. Donald Sussman and Franklin Realty Holdings in claims against PAAMCO Founders relating to Mr. Sussman’s seed investments in PAAMCO, resulting in a plaintiff's summary judgment in our clients’ favor. We also represented a founder of AriZona Iced Tea in litigation involving control of the company and, after a lengthy trial, defeated claims by the other founder seeking hundreds of millions of dollars.

In our work with energy, industrial, and agricultural companies, we have extensive experience in contractual disputes. We defended an independent power producer in a dispute brought by Southern California Edison over pricing issues and alleged environmental violations, resulting in a settlement substantially less than the $1 billion sought by the utility.