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Practice Overview


Cravath is frequently retained by defendants confronted with major new lawsuits or stunned by massive judgments. The Firm is also engaged by plaintiffs to protect their most valuable intellectual property or other corporate assets against misappropriation or to recover massive losses from dozens or even hundreds of defendants. Chambers USA praises Cravath’s
“[s]tandout bench of litigators with extensive trial experience across a range of complex civil disputes.” According to The American Lawyer, “Cravath stands out for its novel arguments.”

Cravath’s Litigation Department is staffed by trial lawyers with broad courtroom experience in complex corporate litigation across all industries. Further, our litigation partners are trained to be hands-on team leaders with full responsibility for determining the direction of all aspects of a case, from initial proceedings through appeals. We have significant experience in critical litigation in such diverse areas of the law as the Alien Tort Claims Act, antitrust, bankruptcy, civil rights, contracts, corporate investigations and governance, employment, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insurance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, professional liability, real estate, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, securities, tax and trusts and estates. We represent clients in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, in domestic and international arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, AAA, UNCITRAL, WIPO and private arbitrations), before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities and in virtually every other type of proceeding, including internal investigations. Our clients have included companies across diverse industry sectors, such as financial services, healthcare, media and entertainment, energy, telecommunications, technology and blockchain and financial technology (FinTech).

Recent litigation clients have included:

• Alcoa
• American Express
• Avon Products
• Banco Santander
• Barnes & Noble
• Big Lots
• Chemed
• Credit Suisse
• Cummins
• Deloitte & Touche
• Deutsche Bank
• DuPont
• Goldman Sachs
• Huron Consulting Group
• JPMorgan Chase
• Lazard
• Massey Energy
• McKinsey & Company
• Medinol
• Merck
• Morgan Stanley
• Mylan
• Novartis
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Qualcomm
• Royal Dutch Shell
• Thai Airways
• Time Warner
• Vivendi
• Warner Bros
• Xerox


Cravath and its litigators have garnered honors in a wide range of practice areas. Recent recognitions include: