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Four trial victories in 2021 alone – including one lauded as a “landmark trial win” – culminated in a seven-year-old firm being crowned a National Trials Group of the Year by Law360. And in just the first quarter of 2022, Hueston Hennigan has scored two additional trial victories, including one with an over $200 million award.

Hueston Hennigan’s broad trial practice has allowed it to develop a deep bench of first-chair trial lawyers. In the past year, more than 50% of the associates enjoyed speaking roles at trial, presenting juries and judges with trial teams that reflect the diversity of their own jurisdictions.


Hueston Hennigan’s “mission of putting a premium on trial work” is evidenced in its recent recognition as one of the “Most Feared Law Firms in Litigation” by BTI Consulting . Described by Chambers as the “go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation” and by Legal 500 as “a maximum trial threat,” Hueston Hennigan is “enjoying meteoric success.” The firm’s rising status is also reflected in the Business Insider article “How the One-Time Enron Prosecutor Became a Fixer for the Rich and Powerful,” which underscores the high national profile of the firm’s head of litigation, trial lawyer John Hueston. The firm’s reputation is also bolstered by, Moez Kaba, who is praised as a “trial force” and has served as “lead trial counsel on some of the firm’s most high-stakes disputes” ( Benchmark Litigation ).


A “multi-year streak of trial wins” ( Benchmark Litigation ) is due in part to an “incredibly deep and talented” firm ( Chambers ). Mr. Dixon, Mr. Klieger, and Mr. Purpura, along with the next generation of partners – Allison Libeu, Vicki Chou, and Christy Rayburn – are receiving national recognition for their courtroom advocacy and victories.


Trial and Motion Highlights from the Past 24 Months 

  • Won a $175 million award plus 5% ongoing royalty for Monster Energy and co-claimant Orange Bang against Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the maker of Bang energy drinks.
  • Won a historic trial victory for Endo Pharmaceuticals in a closely watched $50 billion California opioid case . (See “Opioid Makers Win Major Victory in California Trial,” NY Times ).
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a closely watched federal trial brought by a former employee and SEC whistleblower. (See “PwC auditor’s firing wasn’t triggered by SEC complaint: judge,” Reuters ).
  • Prevailed as trial counsel for Amazon.com, Inc., in a suit brought by eBay alleging an international campaign of tortious interference and unfair competition. (See “Amazon wins legal fight against eBay over alleged seller poaching,” CNN ).
  • Won a jury trial for ClearOne in long-running legal dispute with Shure. (See “Jury Says Microphone Co. Shure’s Patent Invalid After Trial,” Law360 ).
  • Won a $25 million jury trial victory for Acorn Technologies in a patent infringement case against Samsung.(See “Samsung Hit With $25M Semiconductor IP Verdict In EDTX,” Law360 ).
  • After a week of jury trial , achieved an extremely favorable settlement for Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital) .
  • Defeated emergency litigation to prevent Kaiser Permanente from requiring vaccinations for all employees. (See “Kaiser Permanente Employees Denied Relief from Vaccine Mandate,” Bloomberg Law ).



What Clients Say  

“The lawyers at Hueston Hennigan have distinguished themselves with their wise counsel and outstanding advocacy from the boardroom to the courtroom. Their ability to balance legal and business considerations practically and efficiently is truly exceptional. They are among our go-to trial counsel, and they deliver results.”

Jake Schatz, Electronic Arts Executive Vice President & General Counsel


“In one of Western Digital’s most important legal matters in recent years, Hueston Hennigan partnered with us to craft and implement a creative, multi-staged litigation strategy that delivered repeated victories in both court and international arbitration. Hueston Hennigan has a very deep bench of legal talent who are our trusted counselors for our most important cases.”

Michael Ray, Western Digital Corp. Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary


“Hueston and Hennigan is bold, strategic, and relentless. Their deep lineup of talented and diverse trial lawyers weave masterful arguments, impactful direct exams and devastating crosses. We especially value their close and collaborative partnership with our in-house team in order to obtain the best possible outcomes. Hueston Hennigan is the total package and we are glad to have them on our side.”

Jonathan Mothner, Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital) Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

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California

Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite
Band 2
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Band 2
USA - Nationwide

Corporate Crime & Investigations: Highly Regarded
Band 2

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California

Litigation: General Commercial


John C Hueston
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Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Brian J Hennigan
Senior Statespeople
John C Hueston
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Vicki Chou
Up and Coming

Media & Entertainment: Litigation


Robert Klieger
Band 2

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Moez KabaLitigation: General Commercial
Robert KliegerMedia & Entertainment: Litigation
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Vicki ChouLitigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

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