Cravath strives to be the firm of choice for clients facing their most difficult and critical disputes. Trained across multiple disciplines and equipped with a broad range of experience, our litigators think outside the box and apply creative solutions to complex matters, regardless of the subject matter, industry or client’s role in a particular dispute. The credibility and experience we bring to each matter, and our preparation of each case from the outset as if it were going to trial, give us a strategic advantage in all steps of dispute resolution. Some of our practice areas include:
From prevailing for IBM after trial in the landmark government case over alleged monopolization of the computer market during the 1970s-’80s, to vindicating American Express before the U.S. Supreme Court in one of the most significant government antitrust enforcement actions in history, Cravath continues to be the go-to firm for major antitrust litigation. Our practice is chaired by the only person to have ever served as both the chief antitrust lawyer for the United States and an FTC commissioner. We represent clients in securing regulatory clearance for major transactions, such as Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $123 billion acquisition of SABMiller. We also advise clients on business conduct or potential investments and handle government investigations.
Cravath has successfully represented U.S. and foreign companies in domestic and international arbitrations, as well as mediations and other ADR proceedings, involving diverse industries and various areas of the law. We regularly engage in early case assessment and identify ADR options as part of our approach to dispute avoidance and resolution. We have represented clients in a variety of venues in disputes administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the London Court of International Arbitration, as well as in “ad hoc” arbitrations.
Cravath regularly represents clients in high stakes commercial litigation. Our practice includes breach of contract, ERISA, False Claims Act, environmental, unfair competition, product liability and employment matters. Representations include obtaining a judgment of over $800 million for a client in a breach of contract case and securing an arbitration victory in a multibillion-dollar contract dispute. We have also handled several environmental matters (culminating in four trials and an arbitration) and numerous qui tam actions.
Our team includes the former head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We handle patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright matters involving complex technologies and products, as well as commercial litigation that frequently arises from IP matters, such as antitrust and breach of license claims. We bring to each case a trial lawyer’s courtroom perspective and deep trial experience, which distinguish us from many firms who may be IP specialists but do not try cases on a regular basis. We also advise clients on national and worldwide IP strategy.
INVESTIGATIONS AND WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Cravath handles major white collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement actions and investigations for individuals and corporations, both foreign and domestic, in diverse industries. We also assist clients in handling complex internal investigations, conduct fact-finding exercises with respect to shareholder demands and advise company executives and directors on compliance obligations, potential areas of exposure and preventive measures. Our team includes attorneys who have spent portions of their careers at U.S. government agencies.
We have achieved significant wins and established important precedent in mega-deal litigation, traditional securities fraud litigation and regulatory enforcement matters on behalf of every key category of defendant: issuers, financial institutions and audit firms. Our wins and innovative strategies from the boardroom to the courtroom have given corporate defendants greater ammunition to protect critical business interests and leveled the litigation playing field. Securities cases rarely go to trial, and we have tried four in the past several years. We have also eliminated claims against our clients in excess of $50 billion in recent years.