Litigation 2017: Analysis

The 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Litigation is a comprehensive guide to the litigation legal market, including 831 practitioners from 494 firms across 69 different countries.


Thought Leaders
1. Petri Taivalkoski Roschier, Helsinki
2. Bettina Knoetzl Knoetzl, Vienna
3. Joe Smouha QC Essex Court Chambers, London
4. Petra Kiurunen Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law, Helsinki
5. Martin Bernet Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

Magic Circle firm CLIFFORD CHANCE achieves seven listings across five European countries. Its litigation practice is well regarded as one of the best in the world.
In the London office, Simon Davis has over 30 years of expertise representing companies and financial entities; he is recommended as “a star of the litigation world”.
Roger Best is a leading regulatory enforcement lawyer with a depth of expertise in litigation and dispute resolution.
Jeroen Ouwehand in Amsterdam is “very well known in the market” and is lauded for his knowledge of cross-border disputes across numerous industry sectors.
José Antonio Caínzos is a seasoned litigator in the Spanish courts and internationally with over 25 years of experience.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER sees seven leading lawyers recognised in four countries.
Thomas Kustor is recognised as one of the pre-eminent litigation lawyers in Austria. He represents corporate and financial clients and has experience in cross-border disputes.
“Class act” and “standout practitioner” Ian Taylor in London is a heavyweight in financial services litigation who is known for his keen ability to manage matters in a crisis.
Enrico Castellani in Milan is a superb litigation expert with significant corporate expertise and a robust practice.
Rolf Trittmann in Frankfurt is a specialist in automotive disputes where he is recognised by peers and industry insiders as a fount of knowledge.

Six leading figures are listed at BAKER MCKENZIE European offices.
In Stockholm, Jonas Benedictsson is a leader in the field of dispute resolution and is a well-known figure in all major Swedish courts.
José María Alonso Puig in Madrid is recommended as a superb financial and insurance litigation lawyer and one of the leading figures in the Spanish market.
In Zurich, Urs Zenhäusern is a cross-border specialist who is praised for his dynamism and ability to get results for his clients.

At LINKLATERS, five litigation experts are recommended.
Françoise Lefèvre in Brussels receives high praise for her domestic and international litigation practice where she has significant experience in banking disputes.
Daniella Strik in Amsterdam is a distinguished member of the bar; she is recognised by peers for her track record successfully representing numerous multinational clients.
In London, Matthew Weiniger QC is a market authority and intellectually one of the leading figures in cross-border litigation.

MANNHEIMER SWARTLING ADVOKATBYRÅ in Sweden achieves four listings.
Mattias Göransson has a fine record in domestic and international litigation and receives plaudits for his work in numerous sectors and in court.
Olle Flygt is recommended for his expertise in insolvency litigation and is a highly respected and well-known figure within the market.

NAUTADUTILH NV sees four of its lawyers recommended.
Stan Brijs in Brussels is a highly regarded practitioner with expertise in both domestic and international litigation. He specialises in insolvency and corporate litigation, where he “deserves his spot at the top”.
Paul Olden in Amsterdam is “a superb corporate litigator” with a depth of knowledge relating to transactional litigation and shareholder disputes.

Four leading practitioners are recognised at HOGAN LOVELLS.
Chris Hardman in London is an expert in high-end cross-border litigation and is noted as a leader in the field.
Detlef Hass in Munich is recommended as a force in corporate litigation and has been engaged in trials in over 20 countries.

At SCHELLENBERG WITTMER four leading individuals are listed.
Martin Bernet is a leader in the Swiss market and is lauded for his insurance and reinsurance litigation skills. One peer says of him, “He is really impressive – highly skilled; calm and to the point; and really good with clients.”
Benjamin Borsodi comes highly recommended for his expertise in complex fraud and his keen litigation skills.

Three individuals are listed at HANNES SNELLMAN.
Martin Wallin in Stockholm is “a real name in the field” and is recognised for his expertise in both domestic and international litigation in numerous industry sectors including construction and energy.

ROSCHIER ATTORNEYS achieves three listings.
Petri Taivalkoski in Helsinki is recognised as a dynamic presence in disputes relating to numerous areas including construction, shareholder disputes and white-collar crime.

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON sees two leading practitioners in London recognised.
Lord Goldsmith QC is a pre-eminent litigator with experience at the top of the English legal system. He frequently acts for high-end clients from around the world in complex corporate litigation.
Wendy Miles QC is a distinguished figure with over 20 years of experience in litigation in numerous sectors including energy, finance, life sciences and insurance.

Two lawyers at LINDFORS & CO ATTORNEYS AT LAW in Helsinki are listed for their expertise.
Petra Kiurunen is highly sought after and has a distinguished record of representing both domestic and international clients in disputes. She is active in numerous industry sectors including construction, finance and telecoms.
Patrik Lindfors is leading litigation counsel and has significant experience in the Finnish courts. He is a highly regarded and well-respected practitioner.

DORDA RECHTSANWÄLTE sees two listings.
Florian Kremslehner has over 30 years of legal experience and is recognised as one of Vienna’s leading litigation and enforcement lawyers.
The “excellent” Felix Hörlsberger comes highly recommended for his expertise in litigation proceedings and his strong reputation in the market.

Two lawyers are recommended at CASTRÉN & SNELLMAN ATTORNEYS in Helsinki.
Marko Hentunen is an esteemed member of the Finnish bar and is recognised for his expertise in international and domestic litigation where he is an asset to clients.
“Rising star” Anders Forss is superb in corporate litigation proceedings and has a deep knowledge of the Finnish courts.

ONE ESSEX COURT comes out as the leading UK barristers’ chambers for litigation with six barristers listed.
Anthony Grabiner QC has over 40 years of experience in high-end litigation and is an esteemed presence in London’s courts. Described by one peer asa leader in his field”, he is at top of his profession.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is recommended for his longstanding presence as a leading silk and brilliant advocate.
Daniel Toledano QC is an expert in complex litigation in numerous industry sectors including finance and energy. He is noted as a disputes powerhouse.

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS sees five leading barristers recommended.
The “excellent” Joe Smouha QC is recognised for his leading litigation practice and his courtroom abilities in both international and domestic disputes. He is described by one of his peers as “a star”.
Richard Millett QC receives plaudits from peers for his superb advocacy and his record of handling disputes in banking and finance, insurance, insolvency and media. He is frequently called upon to act in high-value complex litigation.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


At KNOETZL in Vienna Bettina Knoetzl is recognised as a leading litigation practitioner with particular expertise in business crime, fraud and corporate and financial disputes. She is regarded as “a leader in the market for contentious insolvency litigation” and is noted for her “good strategic understanding and strong expertise”.


BROWN RUDNICK sees Jane Colston recommended as a leading expert on complex, high-end banking disputes. She is a key figure in the market and has an excellent track record acting on multijurisdictional matters.


HAMMARSTRÖM PUHAKKA PARTNERS ATTORNEYS Marko Wainio receives plaudits for his superb litigation practice and his skills in finding solutions to complex commercial disputes. One of his peers remarks, “He definitely deserves his place in this list; he is among the best in substantial domestic litigation.”


Four highly regarded Irish barristers are highlighted.

Eoin McCullough SC receives high praise for his “very strong commercial practice” and his work in defamation defence where he is “the leading guy in the field”.

Paul Gallagher SC is a superb barrister who has decades of experience at the top of the Irish legal profession. One peer says of him, “He would be at the top of my list."

Paul Gardiner SC is frequently called upon for high-profile litigation and is recognised by an interviewee as “one of the best cross-examiners I've ever seen".

Declan McGrath SC is one of Ireland’s leading special counsel and is recommended for his work in infrastructure, planning and commercial property litigation.


At BAKER & PARTNERS, Stephen Baker leads the field in trust litigation where he is an established and well-respected practitioner.


Yvette Borrius of FLORENT is among Europe’s most highly nominated practitioners. She specialises in corporate litigation an international trade disputes. One peer says of her, “She is the best lawyer I have come across in cases of bankruptcy. The quality of her advice is very high and she is highly responsive.”

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Benjamin Zarnett Goodmans, Toronto
2. Peter Griffin Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin, Toronto
3. Joseph Arvay QC Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy, Vancouver
4. José I Astigarraga Reed Smith, Miami
5. Alan J Lenczner QC Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin, Toronto

Leading Firms

WACHTELL LIPTON ROSEN & KATZ achieves eight listings in its New York office, more than any other firm in North America.
John Savarese is a leading figure in financial litigation; he frequently represents high-end companies and senior executives in regulatory enforcement matters where he has substantial depth of expertise.
Bernard Nussbaum is a highly distinguished figure in litigation, with over 50 years of experience including a period spent as White House Counsel under President Bill Clinton. He is highly sought after and well regarded for his expertise.
David Anders receives high praise from his peers for his extensive experience in regulatory and white-collar litigation.
Eric Roth is a highly regarded figure with an esteemed record in litigation and over 30 years of experience.

HUGHES HUBBARD & REED sees five practitioners listed across New York, Florida and Washington, DC.
John Fellas in New York is a leading litigator who receives high praise for his international practice and strong expertise.
John Townsend in Washington, DC specialises in complex disputes on an international scale and has deep litigation expertise.
The “really terrific” Nicolas Swerdloff in Florida has significant experience in complex business litigation where he has represented numerous high-end clients in high-value disputes.

LENCZNER SLAGHT ROYCE SMITH GRIFFIN is the leading Canadian firm in our research with five practitioners.
Peter Griffin receives plaudits from his peers for his abilities in the field of litigation. One peer remarks, “He is quite brilliant – he gets right to the point and has exactly the answers you need.”
Alan Lenczner QC is a longstanding and highly-respected litigator who receives praise from both national and international sources.

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS sees four listings from across its offices.
Guy Pratte is recommended as “an excellent advocate” who can deliver for his clients in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on class actions.
Randall Block QC in Calgary is a master of dispute resolution and an impressive presence in the courtroom.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON achieves four listings.
George Cary is recommended as a “truly exceptional” lawyer in the field of competition litigation where he receives plaudits for his sterling record.
Evan Davis regularly handles financial, contract and restitution disputes, where he is one of the US’s leading litigation lawyers.

Four leading lights at CRAVATH SWAINE & MOORE are recognised.
David Marriott is recognised as “an outstanding lawyer” and a leading figure in a range of areas including IP and employment litigation.
Firm chairman Evan Chesler handles litigation across numerous sectors including shareholder disputes, IP, pensions and contracts where he is an esteemed practitioner.

LAX O’SULLIVAN LISUS GOTTLIEB in Toronto achieves four listings.
Terrence O'Sullivan is widely recognised as an accomplished and smart litigator and is “a leader at the bar”.
Matthew Gottlieb is an eminent lawyer in the field of complex business litigation where he has over 20 years of experience.

Three practitioners are listed at GOODMANS.
“The gold standard in commercial litigation”, Benjamin Zarnett is widely regarded as a dynamic and effective litigator with significant experience in the Supreme Court of Canada.

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON achieves four listings in the New York office, the hub of its litigation offering.
Donald Francis Donovan is an eminent presence in international litigation and is widely regarded as a formidable courtroom performer.
David Rivkin has a depth of expertise in international dispute resolution and is recognised as a leading figure.

Four practitioners from GIBBS & BRUNS in Texas are recommended.
Robin Gibbs is one of Texas’s most eminent litigators. He is recognised for his longstanding practice and his peerless skills in high-stakes litigation.
Barrett Reasoner specialises in oil and gas, construction and IP litigation and is a top name in the field who is well-liked by peers and clients alike.

West Coast firm GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER has four listings.
Theodore Boutrous Jr in Los Angeles is recognised for his superb style in the courtroom and is recommended as “a tremendous advocate”.
Theodore Olson is a leading appellate and Supreme Court advocate with a tremendous record. He is highly respected within the market.

JENNER & BLOCK sees four of its practitioners recognised.
David Greenwald is one of the leading lights in the field of litigation; he has vast experience of litigating in high-end complex disputes where he is “exceptionally good”.
Richard Ziegler is recognised as “a very strong and smart guy”; his expertise spans multiple jurisdictions and numerous industry sectors.

NATHANSON SCHACHTER & THOMPSON sees three leading lawyers recognised.
Irwin Nathanson QC is one of Vancouver’s leading trial lawyers and is recommended for his keen intellect and skill in resolving complex commercial disputes.

Two practitioners are recommended at DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG.
Kent Thomson is a highly regarded practitioner in the Toronto, Canadian and international market where he is renowned as “the leading M&A and securities litigator. You want him for the toughest cases.”
Sandra Forbes is a superb litigation lawyer who is respected for her skills in competition and white-collar disputes.

Linda Rothstein is called upon for her leading counsel and her abilities in sensitive disputes. She is recognised as a market leader.
Chris Paliare is a strategic and dynamic lawyer who receives accolades from peers across the board.

Two practitioners at TORYS are recognised.
Sheila Block is a senior figure in the litigation field in Canada; she is well respected for her ability to handle complex commercial, finance and IP litigation.
Patricia Jackson receives plaudits for her experience in courts of all levels in Canada and her longstanding litigation practice.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT sees two practitioners recommended.
Eliot Kolers is an esteemed figure in competition and financial litigation and is one of the leaders of the Ontario bar.
Katherine Kay heads the competition litigation group where she is “highly confident, which is justified by her superb abilities in litigation.”

Other Leading Individuals

FARRIS VAUGHAN WILLS & MURPHY sees Joseph Arvay QC recommended for his expertise as a litigator and his experience at the bars of both Yukon and British Columbia. He is highly sought after in the market.

REED SMITH’s José Astigarraga is a “spectacular” lawyer with exceptional experience across the full range of business disputes. He is particularly well known for his Latin American expertise.


Thought Leaders
1. Davinder Singh SC Drew & Napier, Singapore
2. Cheng Hock Ang SC Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
3. Alvin Yeo SC WongPartnership, Singapore

Leading Firms

HOGAN LOVELLS leads the field in the Asia-Pacific region with five listings in its Hong Kong office.
Mark Lin is a leader in the field of regulatory litigation, particularly in relation to anti-bribery matters and shareholder in the financial services sector. One client says of him, “He is responsive, flexible and knowledgeable about the industry.”
Allan Leung receives plaudits for his excellent record in financial markets litigation, including shareholder disputes and regulatory matters.

TEMPLE CHAMBERS in Hong Kong sees five barristers listed.
The “very strong” Russell Coleman SC is recognised as a leader in the disputes field; he has over 25 years of expertise and is highly sought-after.
Jat Sew-Tong SC JP is a leading Hong Kong barrister who is “very well known in the market and a very prominent litigator”.

Leading international firm CLIFFORD CHANCE achieves four listings.
Harpreet Singh SC in Singapore is an eminent name in complex international litigation. He has experience in numerous industry sectors including banking, finance and energy.
The “well-known and highly prominent litigator” Donna Wacker in Hong Kong is a leading name in regulatory disputes.

Four leading individuals are recognised at KING & WOOD MALLESONS.
Ariel Ye in Shenzhen has over 25 years of “great expertise” in complex cross-border litigation. She is recognised as “one of the best lawyers in China”.
Roger Forbes in Sydney receives plaudits for his counsel on dispute resolution matters in numerous fields with a strong focus on corporate matters.

WONGPARTNERSHIP sees three individuals listed.
Alvin Yeo SC is one of Singapore’s most accomplished banking and corporate litigators. One of his peers says, Alvin is widely known as one of the best Senior Counsel in Singapore.”

CLAYTON UTZ achieves three listings.
Industry legend Colin Loveday is recommended as “an excellent lawyer, especially on product liability matters”. He continues to be sought after for his superb work and his excellent track record.

Three leading practitioners recognised at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS.
Gareth Thomas in Hong Kong is a specialist in insurance litigation and is praised for his strong commercial background and market knowledge.

At ALLEN & GLEDHILL three lawyers are recommended.
Cheng Hock Ang SC is “recognised as one of Singapore’s leading Senior Counsel” and an outstanding litigator. He frequently handles corporate matters including shareholders’ disputes and breach of duty scenarios.

DREW & NAPIER achieves two listings.
Davinder Singh SC is “a big name in the field” and a seasoned litigator with experience litigating landmark cases and a strong record as advocate.
Cavinder Bull SC is a leading figure in big ticket international litigation and is recognised as an authority on the subject.

DENTONS RODYK & DAVIDSON sees two leading lawyers recognised.
Philip Jeyaretnam SC receives high praise from his peers for his handling of high-end litigation. He is noted for his superb advocacy and his extensive courtroom experience.
Lawrence Teh is recognised for his extensive expertise in litigation in numerous industry sectors including shipping, aviation, finance, construction and M&A. He is a leading figure in the market.

Korean giant BAE KIM & LEE achieves two listings.
John Bang is a seasoned professional when it comes to cross-border disputes and is recognised for his depth of experience in the area.
Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is known as “a formidable litigator” and a well-respected and well-known figure in the Korean disputes space.

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Colette Wilkins Walkers, Grand Cayman
2. Richard Briggs Hadef & Partners, Dubai
3. Babajide O Ogundipe Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore, Lagos
4. Gilberto Giusti Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Firms

WALKERS achieves six listings across its offshore offices.
Colette Wilkins is one of the most highly respected litigators in our research. With over 25 years’ experience in insolvency, asset recovery and fraud she is one of the leading figures in the market.
Oliver Clifton handles cross-border litigation including insolvency issues where he is known for his tenacity and his ability to find solutions to clients’ issues.
Sandie Corbett is an experienced practitioner in the market and is a fount of knowledge on contentious insolvency and corporate litigation.

Five practitioners are recognised at APPLEBY.
The “excellent” John Wasty in Hamilton comes “highly recommended” for his expertise in major corporate and insolvency litigation.
Andrew Bolton in Grand Cayman is recognised as a leading light of hedge fund disputes. One of his peers says, “Andrew is very experienced, good with clients and delivers clear, concise advice.”

VON WOBESER Y SIERRA in Mexico City achieves four listings.
Claus von Wobeser is “a true counsellor” and an esteemed figure in the market. He is continually recommended for his “excellent legal knowledge and superb judgement”.

FERRO CASTRO NEVES DALTRO & GOMIDE ADVOGADOS sees three practitioners listed.
Marcelo Roberto Ferro is a specialist in corporate and construction litigation and distinguished member of the Brazilian bar.

AL TAMIMI & COMPANY in the United Arab Emirates achieves three listings.
Essam Al Tamimi is lauded as “an elder statesman”; a highly experienced practitioner with a leading practice in the region.

CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR sees two practitioners recognised.
Jonathan Witts-Hewinson in Johannesburg is a leading disputes lawyer who is known for his superb skills in litigation matters. One of his peers says, “He has a big reputation in the market – I rate him highly.”
Pieter Conradie is a well-established figure in the disputes space and “one of South Africa’s leading litigators”.

HADEF & PARTNERS in the UAE sees two leading lights recommended.
Richard Briggs is a powerhouse in commercial litigation and has vast experience in the maritime and insurance sectors.
Adrian Chadwick is a seasoned expert at handling litigation cases with experience in the DIFC courts and a strong market knowledge.

SOFUNDE OSAKWE OGUNDIPE & BELGORE in Nigeria achieves two listings.
Babajide Ogundipe is one of Nigeria’s most distinguished litigation professionals with a depth of expertise in financial matters and a keen understanding of clients’ commercial needs.
Ebun Olusegun Sofunde SAN is a rising star in the litigation space. He receives plaudits from peers for his and exceptional abilities and dynamic practice.

In Brazil, PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS sees two of its lawyers recognised.
Gilberto Giusti is a leading figure in domestic and international litigation and is one of Brazil’s most highly-reputed legal minds.
Celso Cintra Mori has over 40 years’ legal experience; he is a well-known name in the field and “a highly respected litigator”.

Other Leading Individuals

Costa Rica

In San José, Alejandro Pignataro of PIGNATARO ABOGADOS is recognised as a leading corporate litigator in the region with a depth of expertise in asset recovery matters.

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