In today’s legal and regulatory environment, litigation can threaten a company’s very existence. Skadden has extensive experience with such large-scale, “bet-the-company” matters, and we are widely recognized for our ability to handle our clients’ most critical litigation issues. The firm can rapidly assemble a focused, integrated and efficient team to address all important aspects of a client’s problem and to handle numerous cases in multiple jurisdictions and forums. We are responsible for numerous U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have shaped various areas of law.
Our Litigation Group comprises approximately 600 attorneys throughout the firm’s offices worldwide, and Skadden attorneys are admitted to practice throughout the United States as well as in more than 30 other countries and territories. Our international experience and numerous multilingual attorneys enable 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.
Our attorneys have experience in numerous industries, including banking, energy, financial services, insurance, health care, manufacturing, mortgage, pharmaceutical, real estate, retail, technology and telecommunications. We have handled some of the largest and most high-profile cases in recent years, earning a reputation as a go-to firm. 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.
We have been widely recognized for our successes on behalf of clients, including being named a member of the “Fearsome Foursome” — the four most formidable law firm litigation opponents — for the sixth consecutive time in a survey of corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting and published in 2016 and named as a “powerhouse” in BTI’s Securities Litigation, IP Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Class Actions and Product Liability categories in 2016. We were named the 2016 Law Firm of the Year” for Commercial Litigation and named in 2015 for M&A-related Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. We ranked in the top tier for commercial litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017. Skadden was named among Law360’s 2015 Technology Practice Groups of the Year for our courtroom victories in the technology sector. We also were ranked in the top tier for commercial litigation, shareholder litigation and financial services litigation in the U.S. Legal 500 2015 and selected by The American Lawyer as a finalist in its 2014 Litigation Department of the Year issue.
In addition to handling some of the largest, most complex litigations, Skadden attorneys represent organizations of limited means in a wide variety of pro bono matters.