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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates


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What the team is known for

Superb litigation group with a deep bench that represents domestic and international clients in a range of significant disputes. Impressive white-collar team which features deep experience handling investigations involving the DOJ, FINRA, CFTC and SEC. Also has notable expertise in multidistrict class action litigation, including securities disputes. Frequently acts on cross-border regulatory investigations and civil matters. Significant trial experience at both state and federal levels.


A client says: "Their communication is excellent, their judgment is spot on and their direction of the case is impeccable."

An interviewee says:"The lawyers offer sound, creative and strategic advice."

A further source describes the team as "knowledgeable and experienced."

Work highlights

Acted for Patriarch Partners in litigation in connected to the company's ownership of, and investment in, Dura Automotive.

Represented CME Group in an enforcement action charging one of its exchanges and two former employees with violating the insider trading prohibitions of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC Regulations.

Notable practitioners

Albert Hogan litigates a range of commercial disputes, including those arising from bankruptcy proceedings and shareholder disputes.
"He is terrific, easy to work with and very responsive."

Charles Smith has an esteemed practice in the securities litigation space. He regularly takes on shareholder derivative actions and bankruptcy disputes, and also advises on SEC investigations.
"An experienced commercial litigator who does excellent work.""He's an outstanding attorney."

Matthew Kipp acts for corporate clients on a range of securities disputes, including class actions and derivative suits involving issues of pricing, bankruptcies and breaches of duty.
"He is very thoughtful, measured and has really good judgment. He commands the details and it's always a pleasure to work with him.""Matt has such deep experience working with the SEC. He is a huge blessing to our company."

Patrick Fitzgerald is a go-to attorney for high-stakes external investigations such as those initiated by the SEC and DOJ, as well as advising on internal investigations.
"Patrick is one of the best lawyers of his generation for government investigations. He has a combination of great intelligence, great judgment and unparalleled credibility. He is a very powerful advocate and has the ability to communicate with people in a very plain-speaking way.""Patrick is a phenomenal trial lawyer. He has a memory unlike anyone I have ever met and is just super talented - one of the best lawyers in the entire country."

William Ridgway is increasingly called upon to represent clients in high-stakes white-collar proceedings, regularly handling complex investigations and cybersecurity matters.
"William is so smart, so creative and incredible on his feet - he really is just phenomenal." "He is detail-oriented, a phenomenal writer and is excellent in court."

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Our Litigation Group comprises approximately 600 attorneys throughout the firm’s offices, and our attorneys are admitted to practice throughout the U.S. as well as more than 30 other countries and territories. Our international experience enables us to effectively represent non-U.S. plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. judicial proceedings. We represent clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. We also represent clients in proceedings involving government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

We have handled some of the largest and most high-profile cases in recent years. In securities litigation, we have served as lead counsel in several of the largest securities class actions in U.S. history, and we have handled cases responsible for the law that today guides participants in corporate control contests. In the area of mass torts, our litigators pioneered the “national counsel” model of handling this complex litigation, and we have been involved in many of the significant mass tort litigations of the last 20 years.


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates


155 North Wacker Drive




IL 60606

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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.


Litigation: General Commercial

Albert Hogan III
Band 3

Litigation: Securities

Charles Smith
Band 1
Matthew R Kipp
Band 2

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Patrick Fitzgerald
Band 1
William Ridgway
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