Winning: Who's Tops in the Trenches
The National Law Journal today came out with its annual listing of 10 top litigators (11, counting one pair). Worth noting up front: The NLJ does not claim these are the top litigators -- it describes them as "some of the nation's top litigators" who are "at the top of their game." To be selected, a lawyer had to have at least one significant win within the last 18 months and a track record of significant wins over several years. While "significant win" is admittedly "an expansive and subjective term," writes NLJ managing editor Steve Fromm, as used here it includes large monetary awards or noteworthy defense verdicts.
The list is heavy with big-firm lawyers and white males. Only one lawyer on the list is from a firm with fewer than 70 lawyers, and only two on the list are women. At a time when many are touting the demise of the megafirm and the emerging role of the litigation boutique, this list would suggest otherwise.
That said, this year's NLJ picks as top litigators are:
- Leora Ben-Ami, an IP litigator in the New York office of Kaye Scholer.
- David J. Chizewer and Frederick H. Cohen, partners at Chicago's Goldberg Kohn Bell Black Rosenbloom & Moritz.
- John M. Desmarais, a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis.
- Kenneth A. Gallo, managing partner of the Washington office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
- Daniel J. Gerber, a partner with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Orlando.
- Diane P. Sullivan, a products-liability partner in the Princeton, N.J., office of Dechert.
- Dan K. Webb, chairman of Chicago's Winston & Strawn.
- Reid H. Weingarten, partner with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.
- Mark S. Werbner, partner in the Dallas firm Sayles Werbner.
- Steven M. Zager, partner in the Houston office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 18, 2007 at 05:13 PM | Permalink
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