Cadwalader Adds Leading Litigator Helen Maher

March 21, 2022

Former Boies Schiller partner has considerable experience in commercial and antitrust litigation and sports law.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has expanded its Global Litigation Group with the addition of partner Helen M. Maher in New York. Maher joins Cadwalader from Boies Schiller.

Maher’s practice focuses on complex commercial and antitrust matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. For over two decades, she has litigated cases in federal and state courts and arbitral tribunals throughout the country, including taking the lead in trying a number of these actions. The former head of Boies Schiller’s Sports and Gaming practice, with clients including NASCAR, the Dallas Cowboys and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Maher will be one of the leaders of Cadwalader’s Sports Industry practice. 

“Helen is a first-rate litigator and another great addition to our Global Litigation Group,” said Cadwalader managing partner Pat Quinn. “She brings considerable commercial litigation experience and will also expand our Sports Law capabilities. We’re delighted to welcome her to the firm.”

Added Global Litigation Group co-chair Nicholas Gravante: “I have known Helen for quite some time and have worked closely with her on a number of complex, high-profile matters. She is nothing short of exceptional.”   

Added Global Litigation Group co-chair Jason Halper: “We are all in on continuing to grow our litigation capabilities, and Helen is another well-known and highly respected addition to our team.”

Maher has represented the co-founder of AriZona Iced Tea in complex commercial litigation that led to a recovery of nearly $1 billion for the client. Other clients, in addition to her sports law clients, include HSBC, Breakthru Beverage Group, Barclays and the State of Kentucky, among others.

Her abilities have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, which has recognized her among the top 250 female litigators in the U.S. and as a litigation star.

“I am very excited about joining Cadwalader and its growing Global Litigation Group and to reunite with a number of former colleagues – in particular, Nick Gravante, Phil Iovieno, Karen Dyer, Larry Brandman and Sean O’Shea,” Maher said. “Cadwalader has made such a strong commitment to growing its litigation offering, and the expanded team is truly world class.”

Maher’s arrival follows a number of significant partner additions, including: Gravante, Iovieno, Dyer and Brandman in global litigation; Philip Khinda and Rachel Rodman in white collar defense; Doug Gansler to lead the State Attorneys General practice; and white collar partners Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts in London.