Litigation

Overview

With more than 360 litigators in offices coast to coast, we represent market-leading clients in virtually every type of case and proceeding, nationally and around the world. If an effective settlement is not possible, we will aggressively represent your interests at trial. We have the credentials you expect from a leading national litigation firm, and companies have turned to us for decades to protect them in and out of court. Whether 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 before an administrative agency, we have the experience and resolve to see you through to a winning result.

Our Approach

BakerHostetler was named a “go-to law firm” for litigation by Corporate Counsel® magazine’s general counsel survey of in-house law departments at the nation’s top companies. The key to our effectiveness is our commitment to learning every aspect of our clients’ business needs to meet their broader objectives. We handle complex matters through trial and appeal, and understand that winning takes many forms, from successfully defending clients to asserting their rights as plaintiffs. For each client, large or small, we utilize the full resources of our national litigation practice, as well as the multidisciplinary strengths of our entire firm.

Our People

Our litigators are former prosecutors, veteran civil trial lawyers and former enforcement officials from various agencies, with credentials that have won them inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, as well as fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. They are nationally regarded for their pre-litigation strategies and decisions and their ability to prepare, try and win cases.

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Our Capabilities

Our ability to handle large, complex litigation matters has been in the national spotlight because of BakerHostetler’s representation of the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Since 2008, BakerHostetler has been unraveling, deconstructing and litigating one of the largest and most complex financial frauds in U.S. history – Bernard L. Madoff’s decades-long Ponzi scheme. The SIPA Trustee’s unprecedented success in this global investigation and litigation is largely based on the legal strategy and case management overseen by our attorneys, who bring a wide range of experience to this matter, including business litigation, bankruptcy law, white collar criminal investigation, securities litigation, e-discovery and corporate finance. As of April 2016, the SIPA Trustee and his counsel have succeeded in recovering more than $11.129 billion and distributing more than $8.604 billion to victims in the Madoff Recovery Initiative (www.madofftrustee.com). This recovery far exceeds any prior restitution effort related to Ponzi schemes in terms of both dollars and percentage of stolen funds recovered.

  • Our Commercial Litigation Team comprised of 100+ lawyers across 14 offices defends clients in high stakes, bet the company matters. In late 2016, the team 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.
  • Our Antitrust and Competition Team received a national first chair ranking from Best Lawyers in America, and was named a “top team working in the hub of antitrust law” by Global Competition Review . With more than 40 antitrust lawyers firmwide, we have successfully tried numerous antitrust and competition cases to verdict, and have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and competition litigation, including class action lawsuits. We also advise clients on all aspects of their businesses and successfully help them navigate the merger review process, frequently obtaining clearance of transactions without government investigations.
  • Our White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Team, named Law360 “White Collar Group of the Year” in 2014, represents Fortune 50 companies, major hedge funds and individuals facing government scrutiny. Our lawyers have served as a United States attorney, assistant United States attorneys, assistant district attorneys and SEC enforcement attorneys. Their experience has proven invaluable not only in representing clients in dealings with the SEC, DOJ, IRS, FTC and other federal and state agencies, but also in advising corporations on compliance implementation and testing. BakerHostetler has also been repeatedly selected to conduct complex monitorships for world-leading financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch, Bank of New York and Mellon Bank.
  • Named Law360 “Class Action Group of the Year” in 2014, our Class Action Team has defended more than 200 national and state class actions for major corporations in more than 25 states in the last five years. We aggressively defend against class certification, and in the event the class is certified, we are prepared to try the case to judgment.
  • Our Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Team features over 40 prominent attorneys with a wealth of knowledge and legal experience in the fields of securities litigation; SEC, CFTC and FINRA investigations and enforcement proceedings and examinerships; regulatory and compliance legal services for regulated entities; and internal investigations.
  • BakerHostetler’s dedicated 80-attorney Energy Team, named Law360 “Energy Group of the Year” in 2015, understands the industry’s rapidly evolving regulatory, legal and political climate. It has experience across all the proven shale plays and has an unmatched ability to represent clients at all points in the life cycle of energy development. Lawyers on our energy team have technical degrees and have worked in-house with major energy companies.
  • Unlike most law firms, our firm’s E-Discovery Advocacy and Management Team is led by seasoned trial lawyers who understand how information is used in litigation. Our advocacy controls costs, risks and burdens by limiting the scope of discovery. We defensibly deploy emerging technologies like predictive coding to cut through the noise of large data sets. We also build practical preservation and litigation response plans, and defend against claims of intentional or inadvertent loss of data. From sophisticated keyword screens to data categorization and clustering to technology-assisted review, we have negotiated and won court approval of sophisticated approaches to search and review. Our experience in the courtroom coupled with our ability to break down complex technological issues has saved many of our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in individual cases.

Professionals

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Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Orlando
Associate Los Angeles
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Partner Denver
Counsel New York
Associate Chicago
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Partner Orlando
Staff Attorney Columbus
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Partner Denver
Associate New York
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Counsel Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
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Director of Litigation Services
Director of Litigation Services New York
Partner New York
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Associate Columbus
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Partner Cleveland
Partner Orlando
Associate New York
Partner New York
Partner Cleveland
Associate Atlanta
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Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Associate Houston
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Columbus
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Partner Atlanta
Associate Houston
Counsel Chicago
Partner Houston
Partner New York
Associate Cleveland
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Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner Houston
Associate Houston
Partner Cleveland
Partner New York
Associate New York
Counsel New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner Cleveland
Associate Columbus
Associate Washington, D.C.
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Associate New York
Partner Los Angeles
Partner New York
Partner New York
Associate Cleveland
Partner New York
Of Counsel Houston
Partner Denver
Partner Atlanta
Partner Atlanta
Partner Washington, D.C.
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Associate Atlanta
Associate Cleveland
Partner Orlando
Partner Houston
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Associate Cleveland
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Houston
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Chicago
Partner Cleveland
Associate Cincinnati
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Associate Columbus
Partner Houston
Associate Houston
Partner Houston
Associate Denver
Counsel Cleveland
Partner Houston
Counsel Philadelphia
Associate Columbus
Partner Orlando
Partner Columbus
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Orlando
Partner Columbus
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Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
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Associate Los Angeles
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
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Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Counsel New York
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Partner Houston
Partner Chicago
Partner Houston
Associate Washington, D.C.
Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner New York
Partner Atlanta
Associate Houston
Associate New York
Associate Houston
Partner Cleveland
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Partner New York
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Counsel New York
Partner New York
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Partner Columbus
Partner Cincinnati
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Partner Cleveland
Associate Houston
Counsel Cincinnati
Associate Denver
Associate Philadelphia
Associate New York
Associate Columbus
Partner Seattle
Counsel Chicago
Associate New York
Partner Philadelphia
Partner New York
Partner Houston
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Partner Cincinnati
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Associate Houston
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Associate New York
Associate New York
Partner Houston
Associate New York
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Staff Attorney Orlando
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Los Angeles
Partner New York
Partner Cleveland
Partner Los Angeles
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Partner Columbus
Associate Houston
Partner Denver
Partner Denver
Associate Cleveland
Counsel New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Columbus
Partner Houston
Partner Cleveland
Associate Los Angeles
Partner New York
Partner New York
Associate New York
Partner Houston
Partner Houston
Associate Atlanta
Partner Denver
Partner Orlando
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
Associate Houston
Partner Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Of Counsel Columbus
Partner Cleveland
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Partner Cincinnati
Associate New York
Associate Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Associate New York
Associate New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Columbus
Associate New York
Associate Costa Mesa
Partner Atlanta
Associate New York
Associate Chicago
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Denver
Partner Columbus
Partner Houston
Partner Cleveland
Of Counsel Cleveland
Associate Houston
Associate New York
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner Cleveland
Partner Houston
Associate Seattle
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner New York
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
Associate Houston
Partner New York
Counsel Houston
Associate Columbus
Partner New York
Partner Houston
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Denver
Partner Chicago
Associate New York
Partner Cleveland
Staff Attorney Cleveland
Associate Los Angeles
Partner New York
Associate Houston
Partner Houston
Partner Houston
Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner New York
Associate Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Partner Denver
Associate Orlando
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Houston
Partner Cincinnati
Counsel Cleveland
Counsel New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner New York
Partner New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Orlando
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
Associate New York
Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
Partner Atlanta
Counsel Atlanta
Partner Houston
Partner Houston
Associate Columbus
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate New York
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
Partner New York
Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner New York
Counsel New York
Associate New York
Associate Cleveland
Partner Houston
Partner New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Partner Orlando
Associate Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Associate Orlando
Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Partner Houston
Associate Denver
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Associate Orlando
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Partner Washington, D.C.
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Associate New York
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Counsel Denver
Counsel New York
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Associate Denver
Staff Attorney Denver
Partner Houston
Partner Chicago
Associate New York
Partner Columbus
Associate Chicago
Partner Orlando
Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner Chicago
Partner Houston
Associate New York
Partner Cleveland
Associate Houston
Partner Orlando
Associate Columbus
Partner Cleveland
Partner New York
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate Columbus
Partner Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
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Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Associate Chicago
Associate New York
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Partner Houston
Associate Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Associate Denver
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Associate Costa Mesa
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Recognition

  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" (2016)
    • Admiralty & Maritime Law: National Tier 3
    • Appellate Practice: National Tier 2
    • Commercial Litigation: National Tier 1
    • Energy Law: National Tier 3
    • Environmental Law: National Tier 2
    • International Arbitration - Commercial: National Tier 3
    • International Arbitration: Governmental: National Tier 3
    • Litigation - Antitrust: National Tier 3
    • Natural Resources Law: National Tier 2
    • Oil & Gas Law: National Tier 3
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
    • 1 lawyer named in Admiralty & Maritime Law
    • 1 lawyer named in Antitrust Law
    • 3 lawyers named in Appellate Practice
    • 4 lawyers named in Arbitration
    • 3 lawyers named in Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • 23 lawyers named in Commercial Litigation
    • 1 lawyer named in Construction Law
    • 4 lawyers named in Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    • 2 lawyers named in Energy Law
    • 4 lawyers named in Environmental Law
    • 3 lawyers named in Family Law
    • 1 lawyer named in International Arbitration - Commercial
    • 1 lawyer named in International Arbitration - Governmental
    • 1 lawyer named in International Trade and Finance Law
    • 3 lawyers named in Litigation - Antitrust
    • 2 lawyers named in Litigation - Construction
    • 1 lawyer named in Litigation - Environmental
    • 1 lawyer named in Litigation - Securities
    • 2 lawyers named in Mediation
    • 2 lawyers named in Natural Resources Law
    • 1 lawyer named in Oil & Gas Law
    • 2 lawyers named in Product Liability Litigation - Defense
    • 1 lawyer named in Qui Tam Law
  • Law360 "Practice Group of the Year"
    • Class Action (2014)
    • White Collar (2014)
  • High-ranking former members of the United States Attorney's office in California, Ohio, the District of Columbia, New York, and New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, and Executive Office of the President.
  • Corporate Counsel® magazine guide to in-house law departments: "Go-to Law Firm" for litigation
  • American College of Trial Lawyers: Numerous Fellows
  • Who's Who in America: Several team members listed
  • Who's Who in the Law: Several team members listed

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Ninth Circuit Narrows Already Slim Exception to Rule Barring Post-Removal Amendments to Avoid CAFA Jurisdiction
June 28, 2017
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
District of New Jersey Further Defines the Evolving Boundaries of Injury-in-Fact After Spokeo
June 21, 2017
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Antitrust Advocate
DOJ’s Possible Antitrust Chief’s Senate Confirmation Hearing
June 19, 2017
Last month, we discussed Makan Delrahim’s background, including his experience litigating antitrust and intellectual property matters at the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration and his extensive lobbying work at...
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Discovery Advocate
Attorneys’ Professional Duty of Care When Representing Clients in Litigation or an Investigation Requires Higher Technological Literacy
By May Tal Gongolevsky
June 14, 2017
The legal practice and technology go hand in hand, and a solid understanding of technology is crucial to satisfy the ethical duties owed by attorneys to their clients. In an opinion published on Feb. 21, the New York County Lawyers...
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Antitrust Advocate
Hospital Seeks Second Opinion on Certifying Class with Uninjured Members
June 13, 2017
Ten years into litigation, a hospital has moved to decertify a class of plaintiffs who claim the hospital’s merger caused them to overpay for medical services. Arguing there is insufficient proof that class members were harmed, the...
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