Troutman Pepper

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected practice with a deep bench of strong trial lawyers, well-versed in commercial, securities and white-collar crime cases. An excellent choice for First Amendment litigation, and also highly esteemed for its strengths in antitrust, insurance and product liability disputes. Additionally maintains an excellent appellate practice and is a go-to for complex class action work. Frequently represents clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.

Strengths A client commends them for being "extremely professional, pragmatic and thorough in their approach."

A market source said they are "one of the best law firms that I work with; they are terrifically responsive and they understand our business well."

Another source says: "They are efficient in the time that they spend on matters and are knowledgeable in the matters that they handle for us."

Work highlights Assisted GlaxoSmithKline in a series of class actions relating to a patent litigation settlement concerning a neurology drug. The plaintiffs sought $4 billion in damages against GlaxoSmithKline.

Notable practitioners

Francis Devine
is a highly respected attorney who has vast experience in handling complex commercial disputes, including those involving professional liability and insurance coverage claims.

Michael Schwartz
chairs the white-collar litigation and investigations group, and is described by commentators as being "an exceptionally talented and thoughtful lawyer." He regularly advises clients on internal investigations relating to white-collar crime, as well as aiding with First Amendment issues. A peer considers him to be "the whole package," saying: "He is thorough, tenacious, smart and practical."

Nina Gussack
is well regarded for acting for pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the full range of disputes, including regular work on product liability.

Robert Hickok
is a "careful practitioner and a strategic thinker" according to sources. His busy practice sees him work on general commercial and securities litigation, including antitrust, breach of contract and intellectual property disputes. Interviewees appreciate that he is "incredibly smart, practical and good at leading his team." 

Peers say
Thomas Gallagher
is a "great lawyer with great judgment." His practice is centered on representing clients from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in government investigations, white-collar criminal matters and False Claims Act cases.