Commercial Litigation

"...They really made remarkable efforts to learn our business: at some points I think they knew more than we did about the company. They would recall details on stuff that I had completely forgotten – they were also scary in the level of grasp they had on the matter."

– Chambers & Partners interviewee

When stakes are bet-the-company high, you can depend on BakerHostetler’s court-proven commercial litigators. If your company is facing monetary damages, potential criminal sentences and intense scrutiny in the court of public opinion, our more than 360 litigators are a team on which you can rely. If an effective settlement isn’t possible, we aggressively take cases to trial. We have the credentials you expect from a leading national litigation firm and a client base that we have protected in and out of court for decades. It doesn’t matter if you are involved in a national or global dispute, facing litigation in federal or state courts, going in front of a judge or jury, or appearing at an arbitration forum or administrative agency – our team has the experience and resolve to see you through to a winning result.

We handle all aspects of commercial disputes – from initial claims investigation to document collection and retention, pleadings, discovery, expert witnesses and trial, and arbitration or appeal. We have become the go-to counsel for high-stakes litigation for Fifth Third Bank and KeyBank in class action defense and lawsuits involving data breaches and other complex commercial matters. We represent healthcare providers in statutory disputes, secure awards in the millions, and have counseled construction and heavy equipment companies in national lawsuits ranging in exposure or recovery from $3 to $100 million. We represent energy and oilfield service companies in environmental issues, title questions, blowouts, fatalities, product failures, contracts and theft of trade secrets.

Your business dispute can touch on any number of issues, which is why the multidisciplinary strengths of our firm can handle any contract, antitrust, business crime, energy, class action, commercial, environmental, First Amendment, intellectual property, product liability, construction, securities or whistleblower issue you may encounter.

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We understand that many large, complex commercial cases also carry a heavy discovery load. Our litigators work closely with our E-Discovery Advocacy and Management team to bring practical solutions to clients’ most complex electronic discovery and data challenges. Rather than approaching this challenge as a back-office support function, we approach e-discovery as a unique and critically important body of law. Our team manages one of the largest and most complex data sets at issue currently in any single litigation in the United States – the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. However, discovery solutions are not cookie-cutter, so we scale our technology and procedures to deliver cost-saving efficiencies to matters of all sizes.

Select Experience

  • As court-appointed counsel to Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee Irving H. Picard, BakerHostetler has been working since December of 2008 to unravel, deconstruct, and litigate one of the largest and most complex financial frauds in U.S. history – Bernard L. Madoff’s decades-long Ponzi scheme. We were selected to lead this global investigation and ongoing litigation based on the excellence and diverse experience of BakerHostetler attorneys in complex business litigation, bankruptcy law, white collar criminal investigation, securities litigation, e-discovery and corporate finance.
  • Represented a global engineering company in an indemnity case arising out of the 2009 explosion of a food manufacturing plant in Garner, North Carolina. Following a four-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of $108.9 million in favor of the client, two times the amount of the largest verdict in Nebraska at that time. This verdict was recognized by the National Law Journal as a “Top 50 Verdict” of 2016 in its Elite Trial Lawyers report.
  • Lead counsel for national oil and gas trade associations in the industry’s successful opposition to the United States Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rulemaking related to hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. Drafted and argued a successful petition to have BLM’s final hydraulic fracturing rule set aside as beyond BLM’s statutory authority and in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Robert G. Abrams Partner Washington, D.C.
Loura L. Alaverdi Partner New York
Rebecca C. Alexander Partner Denver
Brian F. Allen Counsel New York
Suzanne M. Alton de Eraso Associate Chicago
Michael E. Anderson Partner Washington, D.C.
Marc A. Antonetti Partner Washington, D.C.
W. Barron A. Avery Partner Washington, D.C.
Mark I. Bailen Partner Washington, D.C.
Gregory L. Baker Partner Washington, D.C.
G. Thomas Ball Partner Orlando
Stanley C. Ball Associate Chicago
Chris Bator Counsel Cleveland
S. Derek Bauer Partner Atlanta
Robertson D. Beckerlegge Partner New York
Stacey A. Bell Partner New York
Melonia A. Bennett Associate Columbus
William C. Bergmann Partner Washington, D.C.
Melissa D. Bertke Partner Cleveland
Brian C. Blair Partner Orlando
Jonathan D. Blattmachr Associate New York
Fernando A. Bohorquez Jr. Partner New York
Kevin D. Bradberry Associate Atlanta
Terry M. Brennan Partner Cleveland
Robert J. Brookhiser Partner Washington, D.C.
David M. Brown Associate Philadelphia
Seanna R. Brown Partner New York
Alexander D. Burch Associate Houston
Kelly S. Burgan Partner Cleveland
John H. Burtch Partner Columbus
Carey S. Busen Partner Washington, D.C.
Daniel J. Buzzetta Partner New York
Ian K. Byrnside Partner Atlanta
Matthew J. Caccamo Counsel Chicago
Matthew W. Caligur Partner Houston
Torello H. Calvani Partner New York
Patrick T. Campbell Partner New York
Samantha A. Cardenas Staff Attorney Columbus
Marie L. Carlisle Partner Houston
Ethan D. Carlyle Associate Houston
David A. Carney Partner Cleveland
John J. Carney Partner New York
Susrut A. Carpenter Associate New York
Melissa M. Carvalho Counsel New York
Joseph L. Chairez Partner Costa Mesa
Diane P. Chapman Partner Cleveland
Trischa Snyder Chapman Associate Columbus
Frederick W. Chockley III Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
David Choi Associate New York
Teresa C. Chow Partner Los Angeles
Dennis O. Cohen Partner New York
Tracy Cole Partner New York
Geoffrey H. Coll Partner New York
Hurlie H. Collier Of Counsel Houston
Casie D. Collignon Partner Denver
Lisa N. Collins Partner Atlanta
Gregory J. Commins Jr. Partner Washington, D.C.
M. Kristin Craig Associate Houston
Darren A. Crook Associate Cleveland
Brandon T. Crossland Partner Orlando
Cory M. Curtis Partner Houston
Douglas D. D'Arche Partner Houston
Lauren A. Deeb Partner Costa Mesa
Mark W. DeLaquil Partner Washington, D.C.
Bonnie Keane DelGobbo Associate Chicago
Zachariah J. DeMeola Associate Denver
Steven M. Dettelbach Partner Cleveland
Carrie Dettmer Slye Associate Cincinnati
Alan C. deVries Associate Columbus
Sashe D. Dimitroff Partner Houston
Robert M. Disch Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Thomas A. Donaho Associate Houston
Billy M. Donley Partner Houston
Rosario C. Doriott Domínguez Associate Denver
Breaden M. Douthett Counsel Cleveland
Jeffry W. Duffy Counsel Philadelphia
Damon M. Durbin Associate Columbus
Denis L. Durkin Partner Orlando
Rodger L. Eckelberry Partner Columbus
David A. Einhorn Partner New York
James V. Etscorn Partner Orlando
Joseph E. Ezzie Partner Columbus
Guenther Karl Fanter Partner Cleveland
Michael K. Farrell Partner Cleveland
Emily R. Fedeles Associate New York
Matthew D. Feil Associate New York
Amanda E. Fein Associate New York
Ryan Fischbach Partner Los Angeles
Eric R. Fish Partner New York
Adam L. Fletcher Associate Cleveland
Marc D. Flink Partner Denver
Danyll W. Foix Partner Washington, D.C.
Jonathan A. Forman Counsel New York
John R. Fornaciari Partner Washington, D.C.
Paul S. Francis Partner Houston
Charles J. French III Partner Cleveland
David M. Friebus Partner Chicago
Lars H. Fuller Counsel Denver
David R. Funk Staff Attorney Columbus
Randal L. Gainer Partner Seattle
Ronald B. Gaither Partner Atlanta
William P. Geise Associate Houston
Dominic A. Gentile Associate New York
Lisa M. Ghannoum Partner Cleveland
Esterina Giuliani Partner New York
Blythe Golay Associate Los Angeles
Eric R. Goodman Partner Cleveland
Regina L. Griffin Partner New York
Andrew M. Grossman Partner Washington, D.C.
Anthony M. Gruppuso Counsel New York
Daniel J. Gunsett Partner Columbus
Patrick H. Haggerty Partner Cincinnati
Ruth E. Hartman Partner Cleveland
Kristen N. Hawes Associate Houston
William H. Hawkins II Counsel Cincinnati
Xakema L. Henderson Associate Denver
Tyson Y. Herrold Associate Philadelphia
Eric B. Hiatt Associate New York
Lauren M. Hilsheimer Associate Columbus
Curt Roy Hineline Partner Seattle
Erin Bolan Hines Counsel Chicago
Margaret E. Hirce Associate New York
Carl W. Hittinger Partner Philadelphia
Lan Hoang Partner New York
Farrell A. Hochmuth Partner Houston
Craig A. Hoffman Partner Cincinnati
Thomas E. Hogan Counsel Washington, D.C.
Scott C. Holbrook Partner Cleveland
Rachel Palmer Hooper Associate Houston
Shawn P. Hough Associate New York
M. Elizabeth Howe Associate New York
Brad K. Howell Partner Houston
Dean D. Hunt Partner Houston
Joseph F. Hutchinson Jr. Partner Cleveland
Nancy Inesta Partner Los Angeles
Edward J. Jacobs Partner New York
Suzanne M. Jambe Partner Cleveland
Peter W. James Partner Los Angeles
David R. Jarrett Partner Houston
Bradley K. Jones Associate Houston
Paul G. Karlsgodt Partner Denver
Elyssa S. Kates Associate New York
Daniel M. Kavouras Associate Cleveland
Gilbert S. Keteltas Partner Washington, D.C.
Robert M. Kincaid Jr. Partner Columbus
Kody D. L. Kleber Partner Houston
Richard M. Knoth Partner Cleveland
Jonathon Korinko Associate Cleveland
Mark A. Kornfeld Partner New York
Melissa L. Kosack Partner New York
Ganesh Krishna Associate New York
Eric W. Kristiansen Partner Houston
C. Thomas Kruse Partner Houston
John S. Letchinger Partner Chicago
Michael R. Levin Partner Orlando
Paul M. Levine Partner Washington, D.C.
Patrick T. Lewis Partner Cleveland
Erika J. Lindberg Associate Houston
Jerry R. Linscott Partner Orlando
James A. Loeb Partner Cleveland
Thomas L. Long Of Counsel Columbus
Thomas R. Lucchesi Partner Cleveland
Evan M. Mannering Associate Washington, D.C.
Michelle Manzoian Associate Cleveland
Christopher H. Marraro Partner Washington, D.C.
Ted T. Martin Partner Cincinnati
Marshall J. Mattera Associate New York
Jacqueline K. Matthews Associate Columbus
Anat Maytal Associate New York
Bridget S. McCabe Associate New York
Elizabeth B. McCallum Partner Washington, D.C.
Rand L. McClellan Partner Columbus
Elizabeth G. McCurrach Associate New York
Marcus McCutcheon Associate Costa Mesa
Cara McGourty Associate New York
John C. McIlwee Associate Chicago
Katherine L. McKnight Partner Washington, D.C.
David M. McMillan Associate Denver
Elizabeth McNellie Partner Columbus
Michael W. Mengis Partner Houston
Michael Dominic Meuti Partner Cleveland
Wade A. Mitchell Of Counsel Cleveland
Marco Molina Associate New York
Michael J. Montgomery Partner Cleveland
James R. Morrison Associate Seattle
Michael D. Mortenson Partner Costa Mesa
Andres A. Muñoz Associate New York
Jonathan B. New Partner New York
Brian R. Noethlich Associate Columbus
Geoffrey A. North Partner New York
James H. Nye Partner Houston
M. Mitchell Oates Associate Philadelphia
Alexander K. Obrecht Associate Denver
Ronald S. Okada Partner Chicago
Ferve E. Ozturk Associate New York
John D. Parker Partner Cleveland
Matthew D. Pearson Associate Los Angeles
Benjamin D. Pergament Partner New York
Francesca Perkins Austin Associate Houston
John W. Petrelli III Partner Houston
James E. Phillips Partner Houston
F. Paul Pittman Associate Cincinnati
Marc D. Powers Partner New York
Kenneth G. Prabucki Associate Cleveland
David F. Proaño Partner Cleveland
Sally Yuanyuan Qin Associate Washington, D.C.
Laurin D. Quiat Partner Denver
P. Alexander Quimby Associate Orlando
Richard B. Raile Associate Washington, D.C.
Matthew R. Raley Partner Houston
Robert T. Razzano Partner Cincinnati
Lora M. Reece Counsel Cleveland
Deborah H. Renner Partner New York
Lauren J. Resnick Partner New York
Joel E. Roberts Partner Orlando
James H. Rollinson Partner Cleveland
Nicholas M. Rose Associate New York
Jocelyn R. Roy Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
J. Keith Russell Partner Houston
Andrew E. Samuels Associate Columbus
Jody E. Schechter Associate Houston
Elizabeth A. Scully Partner Washington, D.C.
Nexus U. Sea Associate New York
Edmund W. Searby Partner Cleveland
Peter B. Shapiro Associate New York
David J. Sheehan Partner New York
Karen E. Sheffer Staff Attorney Columbus
James A. Sherer Partner New York
Nkosi D. Shields Counsel New York
Maximillian S. Shifrin Associate New York
Douglas L. Shively Associate Cleveland
Glen Shu Partner Houston
John Siegal Partner New York
Jordan A. Sinclair Associate Houston
Julie Singer Brady Partner Orlando
Krista A. Sivick Associate Orlando
James A. Slater Partner Cleveland
Brian E. Smith Associate Orlando
Greer D. Smith Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
Mark E. Smith Associate Houston
Rachel M. Smith Partner Houston
Brian W. Song Partner New York
Robert D. Sowell Associate Orlando
George A. Stamboulidis Partner New York
Trevor M. Stanley Partner Washington, D.C.
Terry L. Sullivan Partner Seattle
Michelle N. Tanney Associate New York
Robert W. Thielhelm Jr. Partner Orlando
Joshua C. Thomas Partner Houston
Sammantha J. Tillotson Associate Denver
Martha B. Timmers Staff Attorney Denver
John M. Touhy Partner Chicago
Robert J. Tucker Partner Columbus
Josephine Tung Associate Chicago
Christa Cowart Turner Partner Orlando
George J. Tzanetopoulos Partner Chicago
Gregory C. Ulmer Partner Houston
Michelle R. Usitalo Associate New York
Michael A. VanNiel Partner Cleveland
Cody T. Vasut Associate Houston
Michael S. Vitale Partner Orlando
Douglas A. Vonderhaar Associate Columbus
Brett A. Wall Partner Cleveland
Ona T. Wang Partner New York
Kendall E. Wangsgard Associate Washington, D.C.
Keesha N. Warmsby Associate Columbus
Daniel R. Warren Partner Cleveland
Thomas D. Warren Partner Cleveland
Oren J. Warshavsky Partner New York
Joanna F. Wasick Associate New York
Lauren R. Weinberg Associate New York
Michael T. Werner Associate Chicago
A. Mackenna White Associate New York
Craig M. White Partner Chicago
W. Ray Whitman Partner Houston
Cody S. Wigington Associate Atlanta
Edward H. Williams Of Counsel Chicago
Jeffrey T. Williams Partner Cleveland
Justin T. Winquist Associate Denver
James C. Winton Partner Houston
Heather R. Wlodek Associate New York
Robert M. Wolin Partner Houston
Catherine E. Woltering Partner Columbus
Andrew A. Wood Associate Costa Mesa
Jeremiah J. Wood Staff Attorney Columbus
Donald A. Workman Partner Washington, D.C.
Ann Yackshaw Associate Columbus
Gonzalo S. Zeballos Partner New York
Madiha M. Zuberi Associate Los Angeles
Kathryn M. Zunno Partner New York

Experience

  • As court-appointed counsel to Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee Irving H. Picard, BakerHostetler has been working since December of 2008 to unravel, deconstruct, and litigate one of the largest and most complex financial frauds in U.S. history – Bernard L. Madoff’s decades-long Ponzi scheme. We were selected to lead this global investigation and ongoing litigation based on the excellence and diverse experience of BakerHostetler attorneys in complex business litigation, bankruptcy law, white collar criminal investigation, securities litigation, e-discovery and corporate finance.
  • Represented a global engineering company in an indemnity case arising out of the 2009 explosion of a food manufacturing plant in Garner, North Carolina. Following a four-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of $108.9 million in favor of the client, two times the amount of the largest verdict in Nebraska at that time. This verdict was recognized by the National Law Journal as a “Top 50 Verdict” of 2016 in its Elite Trial Lawyers report.
  • Lead counsel for national oil and gas trade associations in the industry’s successful opposition to the United States Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rulemaking related to hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. Drafted and argued a successful petition to have BLM’s final hydraulic fracturing rule set aside as beyond BLM’s statutory authority and in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Defended a major energy company in a lawsuit involving claims of oil and gas lease termination and bad faith trespass. The plaintiffs demanded $2 billion in damages, but we secured a take-nothing judgment and were awarded our attorneys’ fees.
  • Obtained a settlement of more than $300 million on behalf of over 7,000 dairy farmers in a price-fixing conspiracy case.
  • Defending one of the first attempts to apply the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act to a data breach incident in a class action lawsuit seeking more than $500 million in damages as a result of the theft of a computer containing information on more than 500,000 individuals.
  • Secured an award in excess of $10 million in compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees for a major medical center against a competing medical center that used bribes to influence employee benefit plans.
  • Defending a UK software company in multiyear, multicountry litigation involving copyright claims by a major software competitor looking to secure a worldwide injunction against our client.
  • Achieved a multimillion-dollar arbitration settlement for a global engineering firm related to the construction of a petrochemical plant.
  • Successfully appealed a decision that bound our client, a major equipment services provider, to a foreign arbitral award.
  • Secured a major jury verdict against a global software company in federal court.
  • Successfully defended a $1 billion claim alleging antitrust violations in federal court in New York.
  • Handled the largest dealer termination case in U.S. history, terminating a dealer by initiating litigation in 12 different states; all cases were won within six months.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial in Ohio (2007 to 2016)
  • National Law Journal "Elite Trial Lawyers" (2016)
  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Commercial Litigation (2016)
    • National Tier 1
    • Metro Chicago, Tier 2
    • Metro Cincinnati, Tier 1
    • Metro Cleveland, Tier 1
    • Metro Columbus, Tier 1
    • Metro Houston, Tier 2
    • Metro Los Angeles, Tier 1
    • Metro Orlando, Tier 1
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
    • 3 lawyers named in Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • 23 lawyers named in Commercial Litigation

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