Legal Marketplace Analysis

This year, we recognise 720 practitioners from 428 firms in 69 countries as leading individuals. Several firms in particular stand out in our research due to the high number of listings they achieve - notably Hogan Lovells, with lawyers from its offices across Europe, the Americas and Asia recognised. Following closely behind are Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, whose London offices are both especially well represented. Global heavyweight Clifford Chance and disputes boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan both also achieve a significant number of inclusions.

We also single out the most highly regarded lawyers in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and at the UK Bar.

Who's Who Legal: Litigation 2014
Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Europe UK Bar
Lord Goldsmith QC, Debevoise and Plimpton, London Hilary Heilbron QC, Brick Court Chambers
Liam Kennedy, A&L Goodbody, Dublin Joe Smouha QC, Essex Court Chambers
Nathalie Voser, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich Mark Howard QC, Brick Court Chambers
Bettina Knoetzl, Wolf Theiss, Vienna Mark Hapgood QC, Brick Court Chambers
Balz Gross, Homburger, Zurich Anthony Grabiner QC, One Essex Court
North America Latin America
David Boies, Boies Schiller & Flexner, New York Marcelo Roberto Ferro, Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide, Rio de Janeiro
Philip Beck, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, Chicago Luis Enrique Graham, Hogan Lovells, Mexico City
David Beck, Beck Redden, Houston Dyalá Jiménez Figueres, DJ Arbitraje, Santiago
Markus Koehnen, McMillan, Toronto Luis-Alfredo Barragán Arango, Brigard & Urrutia, Bogotá
Stephen Susman, Susman Godfrey, New York René Irra Ibarra, Irra Ibarra, Mexico City
Middle East & Africa Asia-Pacific
Richard Briggs, Hadef & Partners, Dubai Michael Mills, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Sydney
Tim Taylor QC, King & Wood Mallesons, Dubai Michael Hwang SC, Michael Hwang Chambers, Singapore
Dror Zamir, Levitan Sharon & Co, Tel Aviv Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, Bae Kim & Lee, Seoul
Des Williams, Werksmans, Johannesburg Michael Hales, Minter Ellison, Perth
Rita Jaballah, Al Tamimi & Company, Dubai Pallavi Shroff, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff, New Delhi

Hogan Lovells once again emerges as the leading firm, with 12 lawyers selected for inclusion this year. Luis Enrique Graham in Mexico City is one of our most highly regarded individuals in the Latin American region. Described as an “exceptional” litigator, he provides counsel to companies exposed to class actions. Luis Omar Guerrero Rodríguez is a recent addition to the Hogan Lovells team following the integration of domestic firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa. He is praised for his “outstanding” trial skills.

Hailing from the London office, Chris Hardman has a “notable practice” advising commercial and manufacturing clients on international and domestic disputes. Philip Parish is regarded as an “expert” in financial markets litigation and is also highly recommended this year.

Robert Bennett is an “esteemed” figure in the US and has represented high-profile clients such as Enron and other foreign corporations. Ty Cobb is “well known” for his contentious work in the white-collar and investigations arena. In Miami managing partner Richard Lorenzo is a “stand out” individual. He advises clients in various industries throughout the US, Latin America and Europe.

The firm’s Munich office also fields two nominees, including the “brilliant” Karl Pörnbacher. He has particular expertise in cross-border disputes involving central and eastern European countries. Detlef Hass co-heads the firm’s litigation practice. He has “enviable expertise” in insolvency and M&A related disputes.

Hong Kong-based Allan Leung is a “leading light” in the region and deals with a broad range of dispute work, including advising parties on PRC-related disputes. Patrick Sherrington is a “formidable” lawyer with a wealth of expertise in jurisdictional issues and conflicts of law.

Head of the French dispute resolution practice, Thomas Rouhette also gains recognition for his expertise in the product liability arena.

Herbert Smith Freehills also performs strongly in this edition, boosting its number of listings to 11 across five jurisdictions. The London office is very well represented with four nominees, including “top name” Adam Johnson. He has an “impressive” practice encompassing cross-border banking and securities litigation. Joint chief executive officer Sonya Leydecker is a “dominant presence” in the market, with significant experience in disputes involving financial and professional services institutions. Head of the banking litigation practice Damien Byrne Hill is “well reputed” for his representation of domestic and international banks, investment funds and private equity houses. Tim Parkes has represented clients such as Lehman Brothers Finance and specialises in contentious work in the UK and Asia.

The “talented” Peter Butler represents Australian companies on contractual disputes, class actions and regulatory issues. Caroline Cox has a “high-profile” practice and is currently working on the first prosecution of an Australian company for bribery. Deputy global head of dispute resolution Geoff McClellan is a “top-notch” litigator and works across a range of areas including securities, insolvency, trade and professional negligence.

Head of Asia disputes and managing partner of the Tokyo office Peter Godwin enjoys a “stellar reputation” in the region. His practice covers industries including construction, energy, employment and telecommunications. Dominic Roughton is “extremely accomplished” in the field of international boundary disputes and state-to-state dispute resolution procedures.

In New York Laurence Shore is a “first-class” lawyer with a wealth of dispute resolution experience, while Asia regional managing partner Mark Johnson is the “go-to guy” for civil, regulatory and white-collar crime matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer strengthens its presence in this year’s edition with 11 lawyers selected for inclusion, five of whom reside in the London office. Head of the firm’s global dispute resolution practice Christopher Pugh is a “superb” lawyer according to our sources. His client list boasts the likes of ConocoPhillips and Ernst & Young. Paul Bowden is a “renowned” litigator and specialises in environmental and product litigation. Raj Parker is commended for his “concise and reliable” advice in general commercial and financial services disputes resolution. Paul Lomas has “invaluable experience” in the antitrust and finance areas and advises big names such as Tesco and the Bank of England. Ian Terry also boasts a “high-quality” practice and enjoys “great standing” in the dispute resolution community.

Rolf Trittmann is based in the Frankfurt office and is a “highly effective” disputes lawyer. In Düsseldorf Thomas Kreifels heads the local dispute resolution practice, with a focus on industrial projects and liability law.

Managing partner of the Paris office, Elie Kleiman has considerable knowledge of the oil and gas, mining, chemicals, and pharmaceutical areas. He is praised for the “persistence and dedication” he shows to all his cases.

Vicente Sierra heads the Spanish dispute resolution practice and is an “expert” in product liability and environmental matters.

In Vienna Thomas Kustor is well regarded for his “sharp intellect” and his particular niche in investigations work.

Lucy Reed is an “outstanding” individual in Singapore with years of experience in handling complex disputes.

Clifford Chance fields eight lawyers to this edition, including two apiece from the firm’s offices in England and Germany. Fabian von Schlabrendorff is a “terrific” litigator with particular expertise in banking, construction and engineering matters. He is joined by Uwe Hornung who is a “prominent” figure in the energy, white-collar and product liability industries.

At the London office, Roger Best receives praise for his “calm but effective” approach to complex litigation. Simon Davis is “undoubtedly intelligent”, with a wealth of experience in the banking sector. In Madrid José Antonio Caínzos is a “litigator of the highest standard” and acts before courts of all jurisdictions and instances. The firm enjoys further inclusions in Hong Kong, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

Litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan also garners eight inclusions this year, including our most highly regarded individual in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Sydney, Michael Mills “deserves numerous accolades”. He is praised by clients for his “strategic and highly tactical approach” and is also highly recommended by peers.

In the London office Ted Greeno is “highly sought after” for his “impressive” expertise in the energy litigation field. Martin Davies is recommended for his “proactive approach” and “fine attention to detail” in a range of complex commercial disputes.

Kathleen Sullivan in New York boasts an “excellent reputation” and recently added to her success with a 9-0 win in the Supreme Court for Shell Oil in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum. Managing partner of the New York office Peter Calamari represents institutional investors in claims involving complex financial products. He is recognised as a “senior” figure at the New York bar.

Benelux firm NautaDutilh sees seven of its practitioners listed this year, six of whom hail from the firm’s Dutch offices. Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer is a “highly proficient” lawyer and heads the firm’s financial litigation practice, where he specialises in defending class actions. Gerard Meijer is “internationally recognised” for his practice. His representative experience includes the successful representation of the largest insurance company in the Netherlands. Paul Olden is praised for his “fantastic advocacy skills”, which he puts to great use representing clients in complex commercial litigation. In Brussels, Stan Brijs represents Belgian and international financial institutions and listed companies.

Following on from a successful merger, King & Wood Mallesons features prominently in our research, with seven individuals singled out for inclusion. In Dubai Tim Taylor QC is a “trusted adviser” for many high-profile clients including sovereign states and heads of state. He features as one of our most highly regarded individuals this year. Craig Pollack is considered a “great strategist”. Heading the dispute resolution team from the London office, he acts for investment banks, hedge funds, public companies and high net worth individuals. Hilton Mervis is known for his “commitment and professionalism” and comes highly recommended by clients and peers. Beijing-based Ariel Ye is a “first-rate” adviser working on China-related compliance work and cross-border dispute resolution.

At Davis Polk & Wardwell Robert Wise Jr is “first port of call” for a number of clients in the banking industry. He has an active securities and SEC enforcement practice. Martin Rogers in Hong Kong is “very well thought of” and advises on complex litigation, regulatory and white-collar crime matters.

Lord Goldsmith QC at Debevoise & Plimpton is “something of a legend”. Formerly a leading barrister, he maintains a “well-reputed” litigation practice from the firm’s London office. David W Rivkin in the New York office also demonstrates “admirable” skills in the courtroom.

At A&L Goodbody Liam Kennedy is a “gifted” practitioner with significant experience in the product liability and public procurement arenas.

Nathalie Voser at Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich is noted for her “consistently high standards”. She has specific expertise in the automotive, pharmaceutical and power production industries. She heads a trio of practitioners, which also includes the “very experienced” Martin Bernet and the “fabulous” Alexander Jolles.

In Vienna Bettina Knoetzl heads the dispute resolution practice group at Wolf Theiss. Peers describe her as a lawyer who “inspires confidence”.

Balz Gross at Homburger has a “long-standing reputation” in the Swiss market and has appeared before the Swiss courts and authorities for complex litigation matters. He has particular expertise in employment law. Five further individuals are also selected this year including the “tremendous” Georg Naegeli who has significant experience in the insolvency field.

At the UK bar Brick Court Chambers stands out as a leading litigation set and provides three of our most highly regarded barristers this year. Hilary Heilbron QC is “top of any list” according to her peers. She acts for both domestic and international clients in substantial disputes. Mark Howard QC is a “formidable opponent” in the courtroom and has extensive experience in commercial and City litigation. The “high-grade” Mark Hapgood QC is recognised for his defence work in cases such as the £2.6 billion claim by Equitable Life against Ernst & Young. At Essex Court Chambers Joe Smouha QC is lauded for his “outstanding intellect”. He acts for clients in the financial, energy, insurance and reinsurance, and media sectors. Lord Grabiner QC of One Essex Court is described as a “very estimable” practitioner. He provides “wise counsel” to a number of banking, oil and gas, fraud, competition, and company clients.

In North America “trailblazer” David Boies at Boies Schiller & Flexner continues to advise high-profile clients. He is considered by many as “one of the best litigators of all time”. Jonathan Schiller and Natasha Harrison from the same firm also garner recognition for their “top-tier” practices. In Chicago Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott’s Philip Beck has “unrivalled” expertise in litigation relating to product liability, intellectual property, commercial and financial cases. Fred Bartlit Jr is another “distinguished” practitioner at the firm and has tried over 70 major cases. Houston-based David Beck at Beck Redden comes highly recommended, with one source naming him “the smartest person I have ever met”.

Markus Koehnen is “in a class of his own” in Canada, practising at the Toronto office of McMillan. He is experienced in co-ordinating and conducting multi-jurisdictional litigation involving countries such as Germany, Nigeria and Iran. Stephen Susman is a “revered” practitioner and is recognised for his successful plaintiffs practice in New York.

Marcelo Roberto Ferro leads a trio of lawyers at Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados in Rio de Janeiro. He is an “efficient and effective” lawyer who specialises in civil, corporate and construction litigation. In Santiago DJ Arbitraje’s Dyalá Jiménez Figueres is “held in high regard” by peers and clients alike. Luis-Alfredo Barragán Arango at Brigard & Urrutia in Bogotá specialises in insurance and reinsurance, insolvency, and real estate litigation and is a “pleasure to work with” according to our sources. Mexico City-based René Irra Ibarra at Irra Ibarra Abogados is praised for his “meticulous approach” to complex cases.

At Hadef & Partners in Dubai Richard Briggs brings “quality and commitment” to his cases. He specialises in maritime, trade and insurance disputes across the Middle East. Rita Jaballah leads the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts practice group at Al Tamimi & Company. She is lauded as a “true specialist” in the finance sector. She is joined by fellow lawyer and regional head of litigation Hassan Arab. In Tel Aviv, Dror Zamir has earned a “solid” reputation for his insurance dispute work at Levitan Sharon & Co.

Werksmans Attorneys’ Des Williams is a “major talent” in Johannesburg and practises commercial litigation on a global level. Fellow lawyers David Hertz and Roger Wakefield are also admired for their “strong” practices.

In Singapore Michael Hwang SC is a “world-class” practitioner. He has a wide-ranging dispute resolution practice and is praised for his “sound judgement”. Seoul-based Kap-You (Kevin) Kim heads the litigation practice at Bae Kim & Lee. He is a “definite inclusion” thanks to his extensive litigation experience.

Michael Hales at Minter Ellison is a “big name” in the Perth market. He advises and represents clients on disputes ranging from banking to e-commerce to sports. At Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff in New Delhi, Pallavi Shroff is a “famous name”. She impresses with her “great business sense” and “expert handling of cases”. 

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