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Winston & Strawn LLP hire leading litigation team in New York

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers Jeffrey Kessler, A Paul Victor and Harvey Kurzweil have joined the litigation and transactional departments of Winston & Strawn LLP in New York.

Jeffrey Kessler

Jeffrey Kessler

Kessler, who was the former head of Dewey’s litigation department, is a trial attorney who regularly engages in high-profile sports litigation. Due to his role as lead counsel in several complex antitrust, sports law and IP law cases, Kessler is recognised as one of the most prominent lawyers in the US.

Commenting on the move, he says: “Winston offers a platform that provides our group a strong foundation for serving our clients at the highest levels.”

Kessler is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists.

Antitrust expert A Paul Victor has been involved in several criminal and civil international cartel cases representing clients in matters regarding carbon fibre, vitamins, rubber, marine hose, air cargo, power cables and automobile part materials. On the international trade side, he has represented companies such as JVC, Toray, Chinatex, Usinor Sacilor and BMW in trade cases under the US antidumping, countervailing duty, escape clause and market disruption laws.

Victor is listed in The International Who’s of Trade & Customs Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists.

Litigation partner Kurzweil has been lead counsel in cases varying from antitrust to intellectual property. His track record includes acting as lead counsel in representing insurance company The Travelers in the litigation arising out of the destruction of the World Trade Center and also successfully representing Eli Lilly in the defence of a major defamation case brought by the Church of Scientology.

Kurzweil is listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators.

Dan Webb, the firm’s chairman says: “These are extremely high-quality practitioners. The synergies with our existing litigation and transactional practices provide tremendous opportunities for them and for us.”

Adding to that, New York office managing partner Michael Elkin said: “the addition of these prominent attorneys will further buttress Winston’s already established New York litigation practice. The firm can now offer its clients unsurpassed capabilities in an even broader array of litigation.”

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