Funds Talk: April 2016
Stephen Zide Named a Law360 2016 Rising Star
High-stakes, high-profile litigation has always been a major focus of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Our record of success in trying difficult commercial cases—including white collar defense and SEC regulatory matters—places us among the pre-eminent litigation groups in the nation. Furthermore, our ability to efficiently prepare cases with a view to trial frequently results in favorable settlements in cases that do not themselves end up in trial.
Our Litigation department is co-chaired by Barry H. Berke and Gary P. Naftalis. The group includes former senior federal prosecutors, public defenders, counsel for Congressional committees, fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and teachers at major law schools. More than 50 of our litigation attorneys have served as law clerks to federal or state court judges.
While we often litigate on behalf of the firm’s corporate clients, approximately two-thirds of our caseload comes from clients who have retained us for our litigation capabilities alone. We work in virtually every area of commercial litigation, with much of our work involving disputes that cut across multiple practice groups. In recent years, we have tried to judgment a wide range of contract, fraud, product liability, and other complex commercial disputes, in industries as diverse as entertainment, energy, and consumer products. We also are skilled in—and frequently use—Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques to achieve superior results for our clients.
When it is called for, we draw on different practice groups within the firm, from which we assemble teams that can master the largest and most complex litigation. Even so, we keep our staffing lean, with smaller teams that both maximize efficiency and ensure that every lawyer assigned to a case is fully conversant with its facts and issues. Our deep litigation expertise extends to our Paris office attorneys who represent our clients before courts throughout France, coordinate litigation in other jurisdictions and regularly appear as counsel in international arbitrations and serve as arbitrators.