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What the team is known for

Market-leading commercial litigation practice characterized by exceptional bench strength and breadth of expertise. Also possesses expert strength in white-collar crime, with particular renown for its FCPA practice, and a sophisticated securities offering. Maintains an excellent reputation for advising a range of prominent clients on high-stakes regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings. Represents clients from a variety of sectors, including financial services, energy and pharmaceuticals


One interviewee describes the team as "very thorough, knowledgeable and skillful in terms of strategy."

"The team is wonderful," another source adds, noting: "The lawyers have excellent understanding of the law, can think multiple steps ahead and offer really deep experience."

One client comments: "They are highly sophisticated, very responsive and commercial counsel who really understand our business and what matters to us as a client."

Work highlights

Represented AbbVie in a multi-defendant antitrust case regarding its drug Humira.

Acted for Allergan in various state and federal governmental investigations, Congressional inquiries, and civil suits related to its sale and marketing of opioid pain killers.

Advised H.I.G. Capital and its affiliates in a putative shareholder class action arising from its $283 million acquisition of NCI.

Notable practitioners

Asheesh Goel frequently counsels corporate clients on anticorruption and AML mandates, as well as advising on cross-border regulatory investigations into bribery and fraudulent behavior.
"An absolutely first-rate lawyer.""Asheesh is hands down the best all-around lawyer I have worked with - he is smart, strategic, and can see the business objectives."

Emily Nicklin maintains an expert trial practice which includes defending against both single-plaintiff and class action suits involving issues such as product liability, professional liability and discrimination suits.
"Emily is widely considered to be one of the premier trial lawyers in Chicago.""She's just amazing - she is great in court and has excellent judgment."

James Hurst has deep expertise within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, drawing on longstanding experience as a civil trial lawyer.
"James Hurst is the single best litigator I have ever seen, full stop. He has a great sense of how to approach matters, is great with a jury and great with a judge - if I had a bet-the-company litigation, he would be my first choice.""James is widely considered one of the best lawyers in Chicago."

Mark Filip is a much-esteemed litigator with impressive depth of expertise in both commercial disputes and white-collar criminal investigations. His top-notch practice includes recent experience in securities fraud claims, bankruptcy disputes and DOJ investigations, as well as defending against suits brought under the False Claims Act.
"An extremely good trial attorney.""He is a strategic thinker with impeccable client service."

Mark Schneider is a go-to attorney for clients in regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and financial services facing criminal investigations and parallel civil proceedings, and draws on experience in trials and appeals.
"Mark is great - he is super smart, super responsive and very easy to work with, always giving practical advice.""He is a bright attorney who has a good way of condensing complicated issues into plain language that is easy to understand."

Richard Godfrey has a wide-ranging civil disputes practice, which includes defending against class actions, mass torts and individual claims involving antitrust and product liability concerns, among others.
"He has an encyclopedic memory and is very deeply steeped in class actions. His knowledge in that area of law is staggering, he is just exceptionally good and we value his judgment greatly.""He is an exceptional legal thinker and is very good in high-stakes scenarios - he is the guy I go to for bet-the-company litigation."

Robert Kopecky is widely recommended for his expert representation of issuers, accounting firms and financial institutions facing securities derivative suits and class actions.
"He is an outstanding trial lawyer and a tremendous brief writer."

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300 North LaSalle




IL 60654

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Litigation: General Commercial

Emily Nicklin
Band 2
James Hurst
Band 1
Richard C Godfrey
Band 1

Litigation: Securities

Robert J Kopecky
Band 1

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Asheesh Goel
Band 2

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