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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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What the team is known for

Market-leading group with a deep bench in commercial, securities and white-collar criminal litigation. Highly esteemed for its strengths in antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. Particularly distinguished for its representation of clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. Strong choice for complex class action mandates and distinguished for its handling of appellate proceedings. Also experienced in handling post-acquisition disputes.

Strengths

"They're an absolute pleasure to work with," says a source. "From my perspective, they're the gold standard. They're responsive and provide the highest level of quality. I really trust what they say but at the same time they're pragmatic and practical."

An interviewee remarks: "They're one of my go-to firms. One of their great strengths is consistency, they're strong across the board."

Another source describes Morgan Lewis as "a very strong, full-service firm."

Work highlights

Acted for Spark Energy and National Gas & Electric in an earnout dispute arising from National Gas & Electric's, and subsequently Spark's, acquisition of Major Energy Services.

Acting for Teva USA and Cephalon in multidistrict litigation alleging the false marketing of opioid medicines.

Successfully achieved the dismissal of a class action alleging violations of securities law by Zyla Life Sciences.

Notable practitioners

Eric Kraeutler is a seasoned trial lawyer who acts for clients in commercial litigation and intellectual property matters.
"Eric Kraeutler is very well respected." "Excellent lawyer."

Eric Sitarchuk continues to be a top choice for clients that need representation in False Claims Act cases and government investigations, as well as handling large-scale MDLs.
"He's smart and very well connected." "He is one of the leaders of white-collar." "He is very highly regarded."

Gordon Cooney is one of the most esteemed litigators in Pennsylvania. He offers considerable expertise in both criminal and civil litigation and represents pharmaceuticals, financial services and technology sector clients.
"He's a terrific lawyer - I can't say enough good things about him."

Jami McKeon is the chair of the firm and splits her time between Philadelphia and San Francisco. She has experience handling sophisticated commercial disputes for clients within the financial services and technology sector.
"Jami really is a superstar, she's outstanding." "She is very well respected."

John Dodds is an acknowledged leader who represents individuals and corporations in government investigations, qui tam cases and civil litigation.
"He's excellent and has a lot of credibility with the government." "He is super good, and I respect him."

John Lavelle acts for clients in commercial disputes, particularly in the area of product liability. He draws his clients from a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and financial services.
"He's an excellent lawyer."

John Pease is an experienced trial lawyer known for representing pharmaceutical clients in commercial disputes. He also handles matters relating to the False Claims Act and government investigations.
"He's a really good, smart lawyer." "He's really smart, has good judgment and asserts himself when he needs to."

Marc Sonnenfeld 's high-caliber practice sees him handle sophisticated commercial and securities litigation. He acts for clients in the financial services, insurance and life sciences sectors, among others.
"He's a terrific guy and is obviously extremely capable." "He is very highly thought of."

Meredith Auten advises clients on both internal and government investigations. She provides further expertise in False Claims Act litigation.
"She's extremely accessible, and takes the time to walk through the issues with you to make sure she understands the facts. She really takes into consideration the business and legal points." "She's very knowledgeable on white-collar issues and is also very practical." "She is excellent in False Claims Act defense, healthcare litigation and investigations."

Clients turn to Michael Kichline for representation in securities class actions and derivative suits, as well as post-acquisition disputes.
"He's an experienced litigator with a lot of knowledge and great judgment." "He's well regarded and very well connected." "He's fantastic."

Troy Brown is active in the commercial litigation space and advises clients on post-acquisition and contract disputes.
"He's got a lot of experience as a trial lawyer and is very detail-oriented, sharp and a good advocate."

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Overview

Proven track record. Client-centric service. Tenacious and creative advocacy. These attributes define Morgan Lewis’s global litigation practice upon which clients rely to guide them on their contentious matters, including their most complex crisis management matters. Our litigators handle a broad scope of matters, including commercial disputes and class actions, as well as securities, white collar, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, tax, product liability and mass tort, and environmental litigation.

We are guided by our clients’ business objectives regarding a successful result—early resolution, arbitration, or aggressive courtroom advocacy up to and including US Supreme Court arguments. Depending on the desired result, we are positioned to prevail in every environment. We win in state courts, federal courts, bankruptcy courts, arbitration forums, and US Tax Court; before regulators; and in the court of public opinion.

Our clients are a “who’s who” of industry leaders in financial services, automotive, food and beverage, healthcare, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, retail, and technology. Morgan Lewis litigators routinely represent leading global companies such as HP, Toyota, JPMorgan Chase, Uber, Anthem, Johnson & Johnson Company, Schlumberger, Deutsche Bank, E*TRADE, Health Net, Southern California Gas Company, and Intel, among others, in commercial litigation disputes, many of which involve defending against class actions.

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Litigation

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Location

1701 Market Street

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

USA

PA 19103-2921

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Pennsylvania

Litigation: Securities


Marc Sonnenfeld
Band 1
Michael L Kichline
Band 2

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Eric Kraeutler
Band 3
Eric W Sitarchuk
Band 1
John C Dodds
Band 1
John Pease
Band 2

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