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Robins Kaplan LLP

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Chairman: Ronald J. Schutz
Managing Partner: Steven A. Schumeister
Number of lawyers: 250

Firm Overview:
Robins Kaplan LLP is among the nation’s premier trial law firms, with more than 250 attorneys in eight major cities. The attorneys litigate, mediate, and arbitrate client disputes, always at-the-ready for an ultimate courtroom battle. When huge forces are at play, major money is at stake, or rights are being trampled, the firm helps clients cut through complexity, get to the heart of the problem, and win what matters most. The firm is clearly focused on business results for its clients. The firm achieves landmark triumphs and drive thousands of other cases to resolution before they ever hit the courtroom or the front page. From Big Tobacco to Kraft v. Starbucks, Bhopal and the World Trade Center — the firm has changed law, business, and society for the better by redefining what’s possible.

Practice Areas:
-Business Litigation
-American Indian Law & Policy
-Antitrust & Trade Regulation
-Restructuring & Business Bankruptcy
-Wealth Planning, Administration, & Disputes
-Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
-Insurance & Catastrophic Loss
-Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice
-Mass Tort

Main Areas of Practice:
Business Litigation:
Celador International, Ltd v. The Walt Disney Company: Represented Celador International, Ltd in a dispute over profits from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Resulted in a $320 million jury verdict and judgment in favor of Celador.

In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation: As Court-appointed Co-Lead Counsel, Robins Kaplan represented businesses that purchased airfreight services directly from defendants. The plaintiffs’ cumulative recoveries in decade-long litigation surpassed $1.2 billion.

In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation: Courtappointed Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of proposed classes of businesses and consumers who purchased or leased new vehicles containing various pricefixed automotive parts. Partial settlements to date in the case have now surpassed $1.2 billion.

Corinthian Colleges, Inc.: Served as counsel to the Official Committee of Student Creditors of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the nation’s largest for-profit college systems before its closure.

Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation:
Eolas v. Microsoft Corporation: Represented Eolas Technologies, Inc. and the Regents of the University of California in action for patent infringement of web browser technology. Jury verdict for $520.6 million.

Intergraph v. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, and others: Represented computer chip manufacturer in industry-wide patent litigation on microprocessor system design in a trial and recovered over $500 million in settlements.

Advanced Micro Devices v. Samsung: Successfully resolved multiple-patent litigation for Advanced Micro Devices against Samsung involving technologies in memory architecture, processor micro-architecture, MOS-transistor fabrication and design, and user interface design for consumer products.

Insurance & Catastrophic Loss:
Robins Kaplan’s insurance attorneys represent leading US and international commercial property, liability, and fidelity/surety insurance companies in matters spanning a wide range of coverage issues, including:
■ Appraisal and Reference
■ Catastrophic Losses
■ Commercial Liability Coverage
■ Commercial Property Coverage
■ Construction
■ Investigative Services
■ Reinsurance
■ Subrogation

Mass Tort:
Minnesota Tobacco Litigation: The firm obtained a $7 billion settlement from the tobacco industry for the State of Minnesota and health care insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Mirapex Litigation: Represented plaintiffs in first Mirapex products liability bellwether trial. Jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiffs for more than $8 million.
Chantix Litigation: Trial counsel in first Chantix MDL bellwether trial. The matter confidentially settled prior to trial, leading to the settlement of entire MDL.

Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice:
Led a group of 17 law firms providing free legal services to more than 100 people who were injured and who lost loved ones on August 1, 2007, when the I-35W Bridge in downtown Minneapolis collapsed. In total, the firm helped recover more than $77 million for those injured and those who lost loved ones.

$20.6 million jury verdict for the family of a 30-yearold woman who died of sepsis three days after giving birth to her first child. This was the largest wrongful death verdict of any kind in Minnesota state history.

$25 million in an airplane crash case that killed Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, and four other passengers on the plane.

$15.4 million settlement for a 32-year-old male who suffered an industrial accident that left him with third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body.