The American Lawyer Publishes Litigation Department of the Year Finalist Profile of S&C Litigation Group

December 19, 2017 Read More

On December 19, The American Lawyer published an article titled “Reinventing Norms: Sullivan & Cromwell, Finalist for Litigation Department of the Year” in connection with its selection of the Firm as a finalist for Litigation Department of the Year. “Despite the ebbing of financial crisis litigation, S&C has thrived, picking up some of the nation’s highest-profile representations, in areas such as mass torts,” the profile said. “S&C replaced other firms, worked cohesively with in-house law departments and won big at trial when its lawyers weren’t negotiating Wall Street-pleasing settlements for clients.” The profile examined S&C representations of clients such as BlackBerry, for which Garrard Beeney pursued a strategy of efficiency to win a binding arbitration award of $940 million in a patent dispute over royalties, and Volkswagen, for which Bob Giuffra and Sharon Nelles led the resolution of criminal and civil exposure related to its diesel emissions issues. “In a bet-the-company case, the lawyer’s job is to land the plane safely, not to try a case for the sake of trying it,” Bob said of the S&C Litigation Group’s philosophy. “This is where the S&C generalist approach paid off; a large team of specialists never could have gotten the job done.”