Practice Areas & Industries: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


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Cadwalader litigators "are considered efficient and knowledgeable, with significant courtroom experience" - Chambers USA

Cadwalader has a sophisticated and diverse litigation practice, with a team of 80 lawyers who handle all aspects of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. When litigation is necessary, they draw on substantial courtroom experience, skills in discovery, motion practice, and trial and appellate advocacy, and expertise in diverse substantive areas. Having achieved great success for our clients, they enjoy an outstanding reputation as creative and skilled attorneys in a wide variety of substantive areas.

Representative clients include leading financial services firms and institutions such as: Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC Bank USA, Morgan Stanley, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo; noted insurance companies such as AIG, Allstate, Ambac, Aon, CIGNA, FGIC, Inscap, John Hancock Life Insurance, Manulife, MBIA, MetLife, Munich Re, Prudential, Swiss Re, Transamerica, XL, and Zurich; and major commercial, industrial and service corporations, including Dow Chemical, General Dynamics, General Electric Company, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., IBM, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Pfizer Inc., Qualcomm, Inc., and Raytheon Company.

Responsible for a number of important and groundbreaking decisions by the courts, our litigators represent clients in complex commercial disputes before U.S. federal and state courts, foreign and domestic arbitration tribunals, and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and in Europe. We also counsel and advise foreign clients on the jurisdictional reach of U.S. courts, the application abroad of U.S. civil and criminal laws, the application of U.S. federal and state discovery procedures to international disputes, settlement strategies, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and the recognition and enforcement of U.S. and foreign judgments under treaties and statutes. In addition to the resolution of complex civil litigation, Cadwalader's litigators defend domestic and foreign corporations, financial institutions, investment firms, and individuals under investigation by federal and state authorities and administrative agencies including, among others, the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Our litigators are experienced in the supervision and management of large, complex cases and frequently work with technical consultants, experts and other counsel to efficiently and effectively further the interests of our clients. We employ state-of-the-art technologies to help us organize and manage discovery and trial materials, design exhibits, and communicate with our clients.


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Bank of America Corp., Banc of America Securities, Conoco Inc., BDO Dunwoody, Dot Hill Systems, Detection Systems, Nissho Iwai Corp., Network Systems, Lehman Brothers, Inc., Bear, Stearns & Co., Box Hill Systems, e.spire Communications, FirstWorld Communications, ECI, BP/Amoco , Northwest Airlines

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

The Supreme Court Restores Implied Benefit Theory in Insider Trading Prosecutions of Downstream Tippees
Jodi L. Avergun,Douglas H. Fischer,Jason M. Halper,Alexander Hokenson,Joseph V. Moreno, December 28, 2016
Friends and relatives of corporate insiders who knowingly receive and trade on inside information now confront greater exposure for federal securities laws violations. On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Salman that “tippees” who trade on material non-public...

D.C. Circuit Brings CFPB under Presidential Control
Scott A. Cammarn,Peter Carey,Martin Horowitz,Joseph V. Moreno,Jeffrey L. Robins, October 25, 2016
On October 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited opinion in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in which the Court held that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) was unconstitutional under...

M&A Update: New York Court of Appeals Rejects Extension of Common Interest Privilege to Merger Talks
Nathan Bull,William P. Mills,Heather E. Murray,Martin L. Seidel, July 07, 2016
On June 9, 2016, a divided New York Court of Appeals in a much-anticipated ruling held that the attorney-client privilege can only be maintained for communications involving third parties in situations where litigation is pending or reasonably anticipated. The decision reversed an intermediate...