Trial Practice


For the second year in a row, Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group was named an “Awesome Opponent” by BTI Consulting Group in its 2018 survey of general counsel and in-house litigation heads, which asks which firms they would least like to see as opponents.

Situated within Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group, our trial lawyers excel at winning high-stakes cases for clients. We plan for trial from day one, devising innovative strategies and themes in support of our primary goal: winning. This offensive approach puts our clients in more favorable positions whether the case is resolved at trial or before.

We represent clients in federal court, nationwide class actions, consolidated multidistrict litigation, parallel state-court proceedings, and other procedurally complex disputes in all sorts of matters, including M&A-related litigation; insurance and indemnification programs (D&O programs); substantial contract and business-tort disputes; securities, derivative, ERISA and RICO class actions; competition-related litigation; intellectual property; and international arbitration. Through our London-based disputes team, we also have extensive experience acting for clients appearing at the highest levels of the English court system. Our closely coordinated transatlantic team offers clients premier service in the U.S. and Europe’s major financial centers.

Backed by a bench of experienced litigators, subject matter experts, and a litigation support team, clients come to us for our ability to handle every aspect of their trial seamlessly. Efficiency is built into our model at every step, and clients reap the benefits of our team’s capacity to nimbly respond to case developments. Our team also boasts an impressive roster of accomplishments that give them unique insights into solving complex problems:

  • A former U.S. Attorney and former Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the key business and governmental jurisdictions of SDNY, EDNY, EDVA and WDNC;
  • A former senior SEC official with insights into decision making at the agency;
  • Former federal judicial clerks;
  • Dual US/UK qualifications;
  • Specialized financial certifications, including a CPA, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Fraud Examiner; and
  • Ph.D., bio-medical, engineering, and other advanced scientific degrees.

We also regularly appear in other adjudicative forums, including arbitration and administrative proceedings.  In the U.S., we represent clients in DOJ, SEC, FINRA, CFTC, DEA, IRS, Federal Reserve, Treasury, and OFAC arbitrations and inquiries, as well as in arbitrations under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) and JAMS. Our London-based team has broad experience acting for international clients before the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority and the European Commission, in addition to a range of arbitral tribunals, including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), as well as arbitrations subject to UNCITRAL arbitration rules.


  • Kortright Capital Partners v. Investcorp Investment Advisors Limited. Seven-day bench trial representing plaintiffs against Investcorp in the Southern District of New York. 
  • Paul Banks v. General Atomics. Seven-week jury trial representing General Atomics in California Superior Court, San Diego County.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. LaSalle Bank, National Association. Four-week jury trial in the Western District of Oklahoma representing Bank of America, which had acquired LaSalle Bank prior to the litigation.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. LaSalle Bank, National Association. Four-week bench trial in the Southern District of Ohio representing Bank of America as successor to LaSalle Bank.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. LaSalle Bank, National Association. Four-week jury trial in the Southern District of Ohio representing Bank of America as successor to LaSalle.
  • Big V Holdings Corp. v. Wakefern Food Corporation. Four-week bench trial in United States Bankruptcy Court for District of New Jersey, representing Wakefern (ShopRite food cooperative) against Big V, the cooperative’s largest member at the time. 
  • Hambrecht & Quist v. El Coronado Holdings. One-week jury trial in New York State Supreme Court, County of New York, representing defendants against plaintiffs (settled during trial).
  • U.S. v. FedEx Corp., et al. Represented FedEx employees in connection with a federal criminal indictment alleging that the company conspired with certain online pharmacies to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs. The indictment and all charges against FedEx were dismissed on the fourth day of what was expected to be a two-month trial. FedEx faced potential fines of $1.6 billion, avoided when the case was dismissed.


  • Honeywell Energy Services, Inc. v. Sequoyah Fuels Corporation. Three-week arbitration before Hon. Charles B. Renfrew (U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal. – then retired, now deceased).
  • Former employee of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. v. Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Four-day arbitration representing Bear Stearns before panel of three arbitrators under auspices of New York Stock Exchange.
  • Former employee of Prudential Securities v. Prudential Securities Inc. Three-day arbitration representing Prudential before single arbitrator.
  • Represented U.S. Industries, Inc. (now known as Jacuzzi Brands, Inc.) in four-day arbitration with supplier before single arbitrator.
  • Represented a Middle Eastern oil and gas company in multibillion dollar LCIA arbitrations.
  • Represented United Capital Partners Group on parallel arbitration and multijurisdictional litigation proceedings relating to interests in VKontakte, Russia’s largest online social networking service. The matter was settled in September 2014 following the US$1.47 billion sale of a stake in VK.Com Limited to Mail.Ru Group Limited.
  • Represented a Spanish and Dutch company faced with the nationalization of its Venezuelan subsidiary subject to arbitration under the ICSID rules.
  • Represented a telecommunications company in connection with a dispute subject to ICC arbitration with the seat in Geneva.




16 Attorneys

Augelli, John Associate New York
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Avergun, Jodi L. Senior Counsel Washington
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Breen, Kenneth M. Partner New York
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Devereux, Amanda Partner New York
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Guberman, Phara A. Partner New York
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Halper, Jason M. Partner New York
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Holloman, Ellen V. Partner New York
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Karlan, Matthew Partner New York
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Moehringer, John T. Partner New York
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Natbony, William J. Counsel New York
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O'Shea, Sean F. Partner New York
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Petrella, Michael Partner New York
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Pinnisi, Michael D. Partner New York
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Tompkins, Anne M. Partner Charlotte
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Tully, Danielle Vincenti Partner New York
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Watkins, Jonathan Partner Charlotte
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New York
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