Cadwalader Attorneys Selected for the 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

January 17, 2023

Cadwalader partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

In addition, Corporate partner Stephen Fraidin and Corporate senior counsel Christopher Cox are included in the Lawdragon 500 Hall of Fame. Karen Dyer, a Cadwalader Global Litigation partner at the time of her passing in 2022, is a posthumous honoree.

Cadwalader’s 2023 Lawdragon 500 featured attorneys include:

  • Richard Brand (Corporate) is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Group and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He is a leading advisor to public companies, hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, takeover preparedness and defense, shareholder activism and defense, general corporate advisory work and securities offerings. He also advises clients on complex transactions involving distressed companies and assets, including mergers, acquisitions, investments and financings, as well as restructurings. 
  • Kenneth Breen (White Collar Defense & Investigations) is a leading advocate and trial lawyer on high-profile criminal and civil regulatory enforcement defense matters. He is regularly chosen to defend corporations and executives in high-stakes investigations and trials, and to conduct internal investigations, involving a myriad of issues including securities fraud, health care fraud, consumer protection issues, money laundering, and anti-corruption allegations. He has handled numerous investigations that have led to favorable settlements or concluded investigations in which no charges were brought.
  • Nicholas Gravante (Litigation) is co-chair of the firm’s Global Litigation Group and head of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice. He is widely recognized as one of the top litigators in the country, with extensive trial experience focused on complex commercial, securities and antitrust litigation, as well as criminal cases and appeals. He has negotiated non-prosecution agreements for publicly traded companies and won exoneration of numerous individuals, non-profit entities, Fortune 500 companies and a major national university in federal and state grand jury and regulatory investigations.
  • Phara Guberman (White Collar Defense & Investigations) is a seasoned trial attorney who has successfully handled a wide array of regulatory enforcement and white collar criminal matters, including those involving allegations of corporate and accounting fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, misappropriation of trade secrets, consumer protection issues, cybersecurity issues, and money laundering. She regularly represents clients in court and before the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve, state attorney generals, FINRA and other self-regulatory organizations, other federal agencies, and international regulators.
  • Ellen Holloman (Litigation) focuses her practice on representing financial institutions, corporations and individuals in civil litigation and at trial, and in related regulatory enforcement proceedings and corporate internal investigations. She has extensive experience in securities litigation, including derivative and class action litigation, in contract and post-acquisition disputes, and in employment-related claims, including for enforcement of non-compete, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, and in #MeToo situations. She regularly advises companies, boards, special committees and investors in connection with corporate governance matters, including takeover defense and activist contests. 
  • Philip Iovieno (Litigation, Antitrust) is co-head of Cadwalader’s Antitrust Litigation practice. He focuses on representing plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and other complex commercial litigation, including having led or co-led multiple jury trials through verdict. He has built an undisputed track record of success for clients on both sides of the “v,” having recovered more than $1 billion for corporate victims of various price-fixing cartels and other antitrust violations and obtained dismissals of a wide variety of antitrust and other claims brought against Fortune 500 and private corporations, as well as non-profit institutions.
  • Sean F. O’Shea (Litigation, White Collar) is the chair of the firm's Trial Practice Group. He focuses on complex business and white collar litigation. Sean has represented clients ranging from large corporations, to prominent private equity and hedge funds, to senior executives at major corporations. He has tried more than 85 cases to verdict, including federal and state jury and bench trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Most recently, Sean won a resounding trial victory in the Southern District of Texas against global consulting giant McKinsey & Co in In re: Westmoreland Coal. 
  • Patrick Quinn (Capital Markets) is Cadwalader’s managing partner, responsible for both driving the strategic growth and direction of the firm as well as managing operations globally. Working with senior management, Pat oversees the development of Cadwalader’s client relationships and capabilities in key markets, and the firm's continued commitment to the highest levels of client service and attorney excellence. A 30-plus-year veteran of Cadwalader, he has been integrally involved in the evolution of the firm into its position today as a trusted advisor to clients on their most complex legal and business challenges.
  • Lary Stromfeld (Financial Services) is a member of the firm's Management Committee. He advises leading financial institutions and other participants in the global capital markets on transactions, disputes and advisory matters involving a wide variety of financial products and complex financings. Leader of the firm’s LIBOR Preparedness Team, he is currently representing the Federal Reserve’s Alternative Reference Rates Committee in navigating the cash markets through LIBOR transition and previously helped International Swaps and Derivatives Association steer the derivatives markets through global regulatory reform.  
  • Danielle Tully (Intellectual Property) handles complex patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark litigations for clients in a wide range of technology areas, including pharmaceutical, medical device, computer hardware and software, cybersecurity, content management and document retention, digital television, and telecommunications. She has represented clients in the U.S. district courts including the District of Delaware, the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, and Northern District of California, as well as in the United States International Trade Commission. Danielle also represents clients in appeals to the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts.

Selections to the Lawdragon 500 are made from a combination of editorial research, law firm nominations and online nominations, and are limited to no more than 500 lawyers in the country.