The latest edition of WWL: Litigation features 887 lawyers. The practitioners selected are identified for their outstanding work handling complex and high-profile litigation across a number of industries.
We also feature those individuals who ranked most highly in our research this year as Global Elite Thought Leaders.
The Global Elite 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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
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.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Robin Oldenstam draws acclaim for his stellar dispute resolution practice that leads peers to state that he is “Sweden’s best litigator in all categories”.
Mattias Göransson gains high praise from sources for his skilled handling of sophisticated commercial disputes domestically and internationally.
Kristoffer Löf is lauded by market commentators for his “great analytical mind” and “strong communication skills” which make him one of the “top names in Sweden”.
Olle Flygt is “at the very top of the field” and is someone seen “frequently on the most high-profile mandates”.
Liam Kennedy is commended by sources as a leading figure in dispute resolution who is well regarded in the field for his skilled work on international and domestic commercial cases.
Eileen Roberts is a “highly proactive, commercial and responsive” practitioner who peers state is “exemplary” when it comes to handling high-pressure disputes spanning a range of sectors from maritime and aviation to financial matters.
Enda Hurley is sought out by domestic and international clients for his renowned practice that encompasses a broad range of contentious commercial matters, including those involving financial products, real estate and tax.
Nadja Jaisli Kull is a key name in the Swiss litigation market, with commentators describing her as "a leader in the litigation field" and a lawyer who is "great to work with".
Saverio Lembo has deep experience handling complex commercial litigation and financial proceedings across a range of sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry.
Daniel Hochstrasser is an “impressive professional and counsel” whose stellar work includes representing parties in complex disputes arising from M&A transactions, infrastructure projects, and banking and finance issues.
Albert Moro heads the firm’s litigation practice and is regularly engaged by clients thanks to his comprehensive knowledge of corporate disputes.
Operating out of firm’s London office, Simon Davis is a well-established figure in the market who comes highly recommended by peers thanks to expertise gained over 35 years handling corporate disputes.
Roger Best maintains a strong reputation for his practice, which sees him represent clients on a variety of corporate and commercial litigation issues.
Uwe Hornung is endorsed by market commentators for his deep experience representing clients in contentious domestic and cross-border matters, with a focus on representing industrial clients and in cases involving energy and environmental issues.
Giuseppe Lombardi is a well-recognised figure in the disputes space where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his profound knowledge of corporate, banking and insolvency-related disputes.
Laurence Shore is a pre-eminent practitioner who draws praise for his practice that runs the gamut of contentious matters from telecommunications to finance disputes.
Joe Smouha QC is widely considered one of the UK’s top litigators, singled out among peers for his smooth advocacy and expert handling of commercial litigation proceedings.
Toby Landau QC gains widespread recognition from market sources who applaud his impressive work on commercial disputes, offshore litigation as well as shipping matters.
Richard Millett QC is a top-notch figure in the market who is highly rated for his excellent work in corporate finance and banking disputes.
Other leading individuals
The “fantastic” Christian Klausegger with Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte wins praise from market commentators who applaud his busy practice spanning an array of commercial litigation matters.
At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Thomas Kustor is sought out for his adroit handling of high-profile litigation cases for corporate and financial clients.
Bettina Knoetzl of Knoetzl is recognised by peers as one of the foremost litigators in the Austrian market. She earns high praise thanks to her impressive work on cases covering diverse areas including banking, investor protection and corporate disputes.
At Hanotiau & van den Berg, Pascal Hollander is singled out among peers for his expert handling of litigation proceedings across various areas such as trade and corporate law.
Benoît Allemeersch from Quinz is widely respected by respondents, who note he is an “incredibly strong corporate litigator” and commend his wider commercial and financial law practice.
Joost Verlinden at ARCAS Law is a well-established figure in the Belgian litigation market where he is praised for his “versatile and thorough” style and his expertise in commercial dispute issues.
At Soteris Pittas & Co, Soteris Pittas garners strong support from market commentators for his great expertise regarding commercial and criminal litigation proceedings.
Mark Howard QC at Brick Court Chambers is highly respected by peers and clients alike who consider him a go-to name as well as one of the “finest legal minds” in the market and “a true winner of the most challenging cases”.
Matheson’s Sharon Daly is a Global Elite Thought Leader who gains widespread recognition from market sources for her impressive work on corporate and commercial litigation and her deep knowledge of Irish law.
Keith Oliver at Peters & Peters comes in for high praise thanks to his outstanding work advising and representing clients in complex international civil fraud disputes as well as asset tracing and recovery.
Jane Colston at Brown Rudnick is a top-class lawyer who garners strong support thanks fo her great expertise in high-value commercial banking, contract and tort disputes among others.
At Fountain Court Chambers David Railton QC is a pre-eminent figure in the litigation space, respected for his considerable commercial expertise, having acted for and advised a wide range of clients both domestically and internationally.
Karyl Nairn QC at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom wins high praise from market sources for her international litigation practice covering various sectors such as and oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is top-quality barrister described as an “extremely flexible and outstanding lead advocate.” He has boundless expertise across commercial and company law.
At Castrén & Snellman Attorneys, Anders Forss is “an excellent name” in the market, commend peers, who highlight his strong reputation as a skilled litigator in complex business disputes.
Aapo Saarikivi with Roschier Attorneys gains widespread recognition from market sources who applaud his impressive work on insolvency matters and disputes relating to international trade and transport.
Didier Malka with Weil Gotshal & Manges stands out in the European market for his remarkable ability in a broad array of commercial litigation proceedings.
At Allen & Overy, Denis Chemla ranks highly among peers thanks to his extensive experience representing clients in a range of civil and criminal matters, including securities litigation and aviation liability disputes.
Thomas Rouhette at Signature Litigation is a well-regarded figure in the French market who is highly rated for his excellent work as a commercial litigator, including on international disputes.
Jean-Yves Garaud of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton earns wideaspread recognition from peers a leading name across matters ranging from bankruptcy to shareholder disputes.
Bredin Prat’s Jean-Daniel Bretzner is praised by respondents as being “one of France’s leading counsels” and “a phenomenal litigator.” His expertise includes corporate litigation involving companies and senior executives.
Joerg Risse at Baker McKenzie is a mainstay of the litigation field in Germany. His high-quality practice includes post-merger and acquisition disputes and tax-related proceedings.
Günter Pickrahn is head of the firm’s dispute resolution team and is a cornerstone in the litigation space. His practice spans domestic and international commercial disputes.
Markus Meier at Hengeler Mueller is an unquestionably top-tier practitioner who earns extensive recommendations from peers for his deep expertise in cross-border proceedings across IP, capital markets and banking
With 25 years’ experience, Rupert Bellinghausen of Linklaters is considered one of the foremost litigators in Germany. He has experience across a range of issues including cartel damage claims and post-M&A disputes.
William Fry’s Owen O’Sullivan is “a superb practitioner” whom peers laud for his skilful and specialised work on commercial disputes, particularly shareholder and investment issues.
Independent advocate Paul Gallagher SC is a prominent figure in the Irish market, and is highly respected by peers and clients alike who praise his “exceptional grasp of details” and his “immense client service to both solicitors and clients”.
Lisa Broderick at DAC Beachcroft Dublin is a “fantastic” lawyer who receives plaudits for her “sound judgement”. She regularly litigates at all levels in Ireland, including before the Supreme Court.
At BSP, Fabio Trevisan “can always find an answer, no matter in which area you have a query”, with peers also noting his a “huge and broad knowledge of law”.
Funke Adekoya SAN at AÉLEX is an “outstanding lawyer”. Peers identify her as “knowledgeable and professional” and someone who is “dedicated and committed to work through the process of setting up a case”.
At White & Case, Anders Reldén is “a leading litigator” commend peers who highlight his strong expertise relating to construction disputes.
Peter Danowsky at Danowsky & Partners Advokatbyrå is “extremely skilled”, praise sources, particularly in commercial disputes, where he has experience representing banks, film and music producers and publishing houses, among others.
Martin Bernet at Bernet Arbitration/Dispute Management is “a star practitioner” in the Swiss market, laud sources who single him out as “brilliant litigator”.
Homburger’s Georg Naegeli enjoys a stellar reputation in Switzerland for his top-notch work representing clients in commercial disputes before state courts.
Felix Dasser is a “a leading litigator” among peers who is recognised for his diverse practice covering international commercial and investment disputes.
Balz Gross is a “smart, quick thinker”, laud sources who commend his “no nonsense approach” along with his extensive experience with complex litigation domestically.
Peter Hafner at Wartmann Merker gains widespread recognition from market sources who applaud his as a “knowledgeable litigator” and someone who is “calm and persuasive”.
At Gün + Partners, founding partner Mehmet Gün gains widespread recognition from market sources who applaud his impressive work across M&A and corporate disputes among others.
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The “excellent” Jonathon Davidson at Davidson & Co. is a well-recognised figure in the disputes space, where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his varied practice acting for private and public companies and investors.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Peter Griffin impresses market sources with his adept handling of complex disputes, most notably related to class actions as well as a range of corporate and
Tom Curry is esteemed by clients who seek him out for his deep knowledge of Canadian law as well as his top-tier litigation practice that covers trial and appellate proceedings.
William McDowell is highly respected by peers and clients alike who consider him a go-to name for libel and media law, having acted for both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as other commercial matters.
Jonathan Lisus is among the pre-eminent litigators in the Canadian market. He has profound expertise in infrastructure-related litigation, product liability cases franchise disputes.
Matthew Gottlieb, is a “smart, practical and thorough” lawyer, laud sources who commend his “deep legal knowledge” as well as his ability to “bring creative solutions to complex problems”.
Clifford Lax QC is a prominent figure in the Canadian market with over four decades of experience representing clients in resolving business disputes of all kinds.
Terrence O’Sullivan is recognised by international peers as a top litigator, well-known for his deep expertise in in business-related litigation such as contractual and shareholder disputes.
Richard Lorenzo is a top-notch litigator who stands out among peers for his leading commercial litigation practice, where he acts for prominent international and domestic clients.
Daniel González draws widespread praise from market sources who note his work across numerous industries, including construction and infrastructure, as well as energy and telecommunications.
Neal Katyal is recognised by peers as one of the foremost litigators at the in US market. He comes in for high praise thanks to his impressive work handling a variety of cases across securities, technology and constitutional law.
José Astigarraga is an experienced advocate who is sought out by domestic and international clients for his first-rate work handling contentious issues in the financial services sector.
Ed Mullins is recognised in our research for his first-class dispute resolution practice that covers an array of proceedings from transport to construction disputes and class action litigation.
Bernard Nussbaum is a seasoned litigator who ranks highly among peers for his deep expertise in corporate and securities litigation.
Marc Wolinsky is a "superb lawyer" with more than 30 years of experience handling antitrust, insurance and corporate governance disputes.
Theodore Wells Jr is hailed as "a truly legendary trial lawyer" with more than 30 years of experience handling high-stakes product liability class actions, white-collar cases and securities litigation for an array of clients.
Brad Karp earns acclaim as a "market-leading litigator" who excels in high-stakes banking disputes and investigations.
Other leading individuals
Bennett Jones’s Jeffrey Leon LSM is one of Canada’s best-known litigators His dispute resolution experience covers over 40 years and includes numerous cases across healthcare, product liability and commercial matters.
Michael Eizenga is recognised as an “excellent class-action practitioner” by market commentators who acknowledge his stellar practice that includes product liability, competition and other commercial matters.
Linda Rothstein at Paliare Roland Rosenberg is held in high esteem by peers and clients alike for her top-tier experience across a range of areas, with experience in class action disputes and regulatory proceedings.
At Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Kent Thomson is highly respected among peers and clients alike who praise his considerable experience representing clients in competition and securities litigation, among other areas.
Sandra Forbes is a prominent figure in the market and is held in high esteem for her exceptional work representing clients in competition litigation and white-collar defence proceedings.
At Borden Ladner Gervais, Guy Pratte is well respected among peers for his first-rate dispute resolution practice that spans a range of complex commercial litigation, including class actions and constitutional law cases.
Katherine Kay at Stikeman Elliott stands out for her remarkable ability when it comes to complex commercial litigation, with notable expertise in competition and class action cases.
Gary Naftalis at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is a “legend” in the US litigation market. In addition to being an “outstanding white collar attorney”, he effortlessly handles civil and commercial disputes
David Boies at Boies Schiller Flexner remains a “great trial lawyer” and an all-time leader in the field, with near-unmatched experience handling class action, technology and banking cases.
Beth Wilkinson at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz is recognised as one of the leading litigation specialists in the US market. Her practice spans class actions, antitrust, mass tort and product liability issues.
Michael Carlinsky at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivanranks highly among peers for his superb work representing clients in insurance and reinsurance cases among an array of other civil and class action litigation.
At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Randy Mastro is a “superb lawyer” who is considered a go-to when it comes to securities, constitutional and white-collar litigation.
Jeffrey Lamken at MoloLamken is a favourite among peers in the litigation field in this year’s research. He has built a broad-based practice spanning antitrust, energy and bankruptcy disputes.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Francis Xavier SC has a remarkable practice, providing top-tier representation to clients in cross-border commercial disputes across a range of industries, including banking.
Danny Ong receives a wealth of praise from peers for the strength of his litigation practice and possesses vast experience leading cross-border disputes involving fraud and financial transactions.
Colin Loveday is a deeply experienced litigation lawyer, renowned for his wide-ranging practice encompassing class actions, complex commercial litigation and product liability claims.
Greg Williams is recognised by international peers as a top litigator in the market, known for his strong expertise in class action proceedings and product liability claims.
Chris Dobby is singled out among peers for his practice spanning a broad range of cross-border commercial issues, as well as professional negligence and fraud-related disputes.
Mark Lin is esteemed by colleagues for his exceptional work representing domestic and international clients in insolvency and shareholder litigation, as well white-collar disputes.
Other leading individuals
John Sheahan QC at Banco Chambers is an “outstanding senior counsel, particularly in heavy and complex matters”, opine peers. He acts in matters across a variety of sectors, notably banking and finance.
Ian Jackman SC of Eight Selbourne Chambers draws acclaim from peers when it comes to his practice, which features expertise in the gamut of commercial and corporate proceedings.
Guy Foster of Allens continues to impress sources, who comment: “Guy has excellent knowledge of the law, vast experience and is really practical.”
Bret Walker SC at St James Hall Chambers, Fifth Floor is “one of the best” gaining recognition from peers as an “outstanding senior counsel; someone who picks up issues at lightning speed and commands in court”.
Colin Ong QC at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services is an “extremely good strategist”, who is “exceptionally good at thinking out of the box” for his work on an array of matters from mining and energy disputes to banking and finance mandates.
Benjamin Yu SC at Chambers of Benjamin Yu ranks as one of the foremost litigators in the region. Peers are unanimous in their praise, stating he is the “leading barrister” and in “a class of his own”.
At Davis Polk & Wardwell, Martin Rogers is “a highly respected litigator” commend peers. He is well known for his work on securities and finance litigation.
Charles Manzoni QC at Temple Chambers is a “brilliant commercial practitioner”, praised for being “exceptional in complex insolvencies” by peers.
The “amazing” Camille Jojo at Norton Rose Fulbright is a seasoned lawyer, who, market commentators mention, is “among Hong Kong’s most experienced and well-regarded litigators”.
Dushyant Dave is a pre-eminent figure in the region where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his work handling litigation across a range of sectors from banking to construction.
At Rashmikant and Partners, C Rashmikant draws high praise from peers for his work on contentious matters across a range of sectors including construction and real estate.
Davinder Singh SC at Davinder Singh Chambers is "a very well known practitioner and one of the big players in the market" who is "among the most feared litigators in Singapore".
Drew & Napier’s Cavinder Bull SC has “excellent knowledge of the law” according to sources who commend his “rapid response and clarity of advice” when handling complex commercial disputes.
Alvin Yeo SC at WongPartnership is a “true star and strategist”, who possesses a “razor-sharp mind” and profound expertise handling complicated issues in the banking and infrastructure space.
Providence Law Asia’s Abraham Vergis is distinguished by market sources for his top-tier practice representing clients in private wealth litigation, with one source stating he “is a definite inclusion on the list”.
At Dentons Rodyk & Davidson, Philip Jeyaretnam SC is a “leading light in construction litigation matters” known for his “intelligent and respectful” litigation style.
Paul Tan at Clifford Chance "does not hesitate to go the extra mile for his clients". Sources highlight his “keen insight” as well as his “impressive array of legal knowledge and strategy”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
José Roberto de Castro Neves stands out in the Brazilian market for his remarkable ability when it comes to civil and commercial litigation proceedings.
Marcelo Roberto Ferro is “one of the top litigators in the country” peers state, commending his profound understanding of civil and construction litigation.
Founding partner Daltro de Campos Borges Filho impresses market sources with his specialised knowledge of corporate restructuring, judicial and extrajudicial recovery of companies and bankruptcy issues.
Other leading individuals
At Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Ricardo Ostrower is a top-tier disputes lawyers who is distinguished as a go-to name among peers for his vast experience in complex civil and commercial litigation.
At Marques Rosado Toledo Cesar & Carmona Advogados, Carlos Alberto Carmona ranks among the leaders in the region thanks to his consummate knowledge of civil and commercial litigation.
André de Albuquerque Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão is held in high esteem for his exceptional work representing domestic and international clients in a variety of matters, including corporate, infrastructure and contractual issues.
One peer effuses that Sergio Bermudes with Sergio Bermudes Advogados is “a legend in the field” and a practitioner who is “always involved in great disputes in the country”.
At Asteri, Luis-Alfredo Barragán Arango is a disputes specialist who is regarded extremely favourably by peers for his deep expertise representing high-profile clients in complex domestic and cross-border insolvency matters.
At Pignataro Advogados, Alejandro Pignataro is a well-established figure in the market who is regularly engaged to represent clients in complex or high-profile corporate and financial disputes.
Aimee Prieto at Prieto Cabrera & Asociados is a go-to name in the Dominican Republic for litigation, inluding proceedings involving asset recovery elements, in which she has over 15 years of experience.
With over 35 years’ experience, Luis Enrique Graham of Hogan Lovells has exceptional depth of expertise as a litigator. He is regularly engaged by corporate clients in commercial litigation issues and white-collar crime matters.
Xavier Cortina at Quijano, Cortina y de la Torre long-standing figure in the Mexican market who is highly respected for his extensive experience in civil and commercial proceedings.
At González de Castilla Abogados SC, Emilio González de Castilla Jr is singled out among peers for his adept handling of commercial and civil litigation proceedings.