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 more than 180 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:

Fully Informed Vote of Disinterested Stockholders Results in Business Judgment Rule Protection in Post-Closing Review of Merger
Gregory A. Markel,William P. Mills,Brittany Schulman,Martin L. Seidel, October 16, 2015
In an October 2, 2015 decision, Corwin, et al. v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court clarified that once a merger closes, as long as it has been approved by a fully informed vote of the disinterested stockholders, the standard for reviewing the board’s conduct...

Delaware Court Leaves Ousted Executive on His Own for Legal Fees
Gregory A. Markel,William P. Mills,Brittany Schulman,Martin L. Seidel, September 23, 2015
In a September 11, 2015, decision, the Delaware Chancery Court denied a former officer and director advance reimbursement of legal fees in a dispute with his company, despite his insistence that multiple corporate documents and Delaware law entitled him to advancement. The opinion underscores the...

Delaware Court Finds Dole Executives Personally Liable for Millions in Damages for Defrauding Stockholders in Buy-Out and Undermining Special Committee Process
Richard M. Brand,Gregory A. Markel,William P. Mills,Brittany Schulman,Martin L. Seidel, September 04, 2015
In its August 27th post-trial opinion, In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Chancery Court held Dole executives David Murdock and Michael Carter personally liable for $148 million in damages for undermining and interfering with the special committee’s efforts to...

D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege Again in In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.
Jodi L. Avergun,Bret A. Campbell,Adam S. Lurie,Katherine Preston, August 19, 2015
On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a petition by Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“KBR”) for a writ of mandamus in order to protect KBR’s assertion of attorney-client privilege over its prior internal investigation of alleged violations of...

Illinois Court Strikes Down Chicago Pension Reforms, Deepening City's Financial Crisis
Ingrid Bagby,Thomas J. Curtin,Mark C. Ellenberg,Daniel Gwen,Ellen Halstead, August 10, 2015
On July 24, 2015, Judge Rita M. Novak of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois struck down recently enacted legislation designed to shore up two of the City of Chicago’s severely underfunded pension plans by, among other things, reducing benefits.1 Judge Novak viewed as controlling a...