Skadden’s Los Angeles litigation department represents clients in high-stakes, high-profile international, national and local litigation. Our litigation attorneys regularly appear in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state levels, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Skadden is well positioned to help clients navigate the legal landscape when business conduct results in concurrent criminal, civil and/or administrative proceedings that require a strategically coordinated response. The 2014 edition of Chambers USA ranked each of Skadden's general commercial litigation, securities litigation, and government enforcement and white collar crime practices in the first tier for California.

High-Profile Trial Practice

We are well recognized as having a national trial practice, and our attorneys frequently serve as lead trial counsel for major matters across the country, reinforcing the firm’s well-earned reputation as one of the nation’s “go-to” firms for complex litigation.

Leveraging our extensive resources and experience in legal strategy and complex case management, the firm employs top trial advocacy techniques at all stages of litigation to achieve success across a broad spectrum of high-stakes litigation. Our attorneys have been retained as lead trial counsel in several high-profile litigation matters, including the representation of UBS Real Estate Securities in the defense of an unprecedented trial arising out of the pre-financial crisis mortgage bundling; the representation of Toyota in the economic loss class action arising from allegations of unintended acceleration; the representation of Wells Fargo in a class action suit alleging racial discrimination in its lending practices; the representation of MGA Entertainment, Inc. in a lawsuit with Mattel, Inc. alleging unfair competition and trademark claims over the BRATZ™ fashion dolls; the defense of the former CFO of Broadcom Corp. in stock option backdating matters involving the SEC and the Justice Department; and the defense of the former CEO of Brocade in various matters arising out of allegations of backdating options, among others.

Securities

Our Los Angeles attorneys represent corporations and their officers, directors and outside professionals, including accountants, attorneys and underwriters, facing large-scale, nationwide class and derivative action lawsuits. We also have frequently represented special committees both in litigation arising out of corporate transactions and in internal investigations.

Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime

Our Los Angeles office includes former federal prosecutors from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, each with significant trial experience, including the former deputy chief of the General Crimes Section and the former assistant chief of the Criminal Division. Lawyers in this group are active in a variety of cases brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the SEC and have extensive experience in the regulatory and enforcement issues confronted by all participants in the securities markets, including public accounting firms, broker-dealers, investment companies and investment advisers.

Our attorneys have represented corporate and individual clients in white collar criminal matters, including federal and state grand jury investigations involving securities fraud, money laundering, RICO, health care fraud, qui tam “whistle blower” actions, insider trading violations, options backdating, and environmental crime investigations. In addition, we are retained by public company boards, audit committees and special committees in internal investigations in response to allegations of accounting irregularities and other misconduct.

Class Action

Our Los Angeles attorneys represent corporations in defense of some of the largest and most complex consumer class actions and attorneys general actions in the country. We have deep experience in unfair competition, consumer legal remedies, theft of trade secret, product liability, copyright and trademarks, among others. Representations have included Red Bull North America in defense of multiple nationwide class actions and attorneys general investigations alleging false advertising claims relating to product safety and efficacy; Christie’s Inc. in defense of a nationwide class action arising out of the California Resale Royalty Act; Estée Lauder in defense of a series of class actions alleging false advertising relating to product efficacy; Purdue Pharmaceuticals in defense of two consumer protection actions brought by the County Counsel for the Counties of Santa Clara and Orange Counties; True Religion Brand Jeans in defense of nationwide class actions challenging garment labeling and pricing policies; and Priceline, Inc. in defense of dozens of actions brought by state and county officials throughout the country relating to the collection and payment of hotel occupancy taxes.