Three BakerHostetler Attorneys Earn National Law360 MVP Distinction

Awards go to "legal aces" Karlsgodt, Sheehan, and Harris for 2015 successes

Press Releases / December 4, 2015

CLEVELAND, Dec. 4, 2015 — BakerHostetler is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have earned the Law 360 MVP distinction, singled out from more than 850 submissions in 31 practice areas, for the class of 2015. Partner Paul Karlsgodt was selected for his work in privacy, Partner David Sheehan in bankruptcy, and Partner Susan Feigin Harris in the healthcare sector. This is Karlsgodt’s second consecutive year on the “elite list,” and the inaugural year for Sheehan and Harris. They are among 189 attorneys from a record 86 firms nationwide who received the honor this year from Law360 for their “successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals, and complex global matters.”

Paul Karlsgodt

Karlsgodt is a member of BakerHostetler’s Chambers-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team and leads the firm’s Class Action Defense team. He’s one of five attorneys nationwide who earned MVP status in this practice area. Law360 profiled Karlsgodt for his “consumer class action savvy” and “cutting-edge privacy work” handling class actions in the healthcare and retail industries.

Law360 noted Karlsgodt’s successes leading the defense of national retailers GameStop and Schnuck Markets. He is also a key member of the litigation team defending healthcare providers “that have recently been hit with headline-grabbing data breaches.” For Schnucks, Karlsgodt led a team that succeeded in gaining final approval of a nationwide settlement over significant objection from attorneys in a competing lawsuit. He obtained a complete dismissal of the case that alleged GameStop violated privacy policy by incorporating Facebook features into its subscription-based online gaming services.

“Paul’s experience is anything but textbook. For more than 10 years, he’s accumulated strategies by litigating general consumer class actions. He’s taken this knowledge to the next level by developing tried-and-true blueprints to beat class certification for his clients,” said Ted Kobus, leader of the Privacy and Data Protection team. “This experience is invaluable to our team and the firm’s clients.”

David Sheehan

Sheehan is BakerHostetler’s first bankruptcy attorney to earn MVP status and one of 10 attorneys nationwide to earn the honor. He was selected for his accomplishments this past year serving as chief counsel to Partner Irving Picard, SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. history. Law360 recognized Sheehan’s tireless work for the past seven years, and singled out his most recent distribution of more than $1.193 billion to former Madoff customers, “pushing the total amount Picard has recovered or entered into agreements to recover to more than $10.9 billion.”

Sheehan constructed the strategy that has led to a record recovery that is more than 62 percent of the estimated $17.5 billion in principal lost by BLMIS customers who filed a claim. He said the latest payout epitomizes the team’s perseverance in continuing to help the people who lost billions of dollars and “represents everything we try to accomplish every day.”

“While the Law360 article focused on the past year’s achievements, David and his team have seven years of unprecedented success in this matter,” said Picard. “From the start of this historic, global effort, David and BakerHostetler have set a new standard for recovery efforts. I congratulate David and his team on this well-deserved recognition.”

Susan Feigin Harris

Harris is one of five attorneys nationwide named a Health MVP by Law360. She was selected for her legal and policy work on behalf of children’s hospitals and other provider clients. Law360 said two significant successes helped solidify her spot on this year’s list: “[Harris] guided hospitals to an early victory over a high-stakes federal policy on Medicaid reimbursement and helped assemble a bipartisan coalition in Congress to modernize Medicaid treatments for children.” In referencing these wins Law360 noted, “The triumphs burnished an already sterling reputation for Harris in Houston’s legal and healthcare communities.”

Law360 selected Harris for her work on behalf of children’s hospitals, which could have far-reaching implications for the entire healthcare community. She’s currently leading a team challenging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy over recalculation of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments that could cost her clients millions of dollars. Her team obtained a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court to halt the recalculation of payments, and is awaiting a ruling on a motion for summary judgment. Additionally, Harris led efforts by children’s hospitals in an initiative backed by the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) to develop the “Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015,” H.R. 546/SB 298, which will improve care for and lead to cost savings for Medicaid-enrolled children with medically complex conditions.

“Our team couldn’t be more proud of Susan’s recognition as an MVP this year. Susan’s continuous work as an advocate for children’s hospitals across the country puts her in a class by herself,” said Scott McBride, co-leader of the Healthcare Industry team. “Whether she’s working on drafting new legislation or navigating changing state or federal reimbursement policies, Susan is steadfast in her dedication to her clients, and we are thrilled Law360 noticed too.”


About BakerHostetler
One of the nation’s leading law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Tax – the firm has more than 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. Recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice, and an industry-leading business practice. For more information, visit


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