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For generations, Cravath litigators have devised creative resolutions to complex disputes. Drawing on our deep bench of trial‑ready attorneys, we have repeatedly secured precedent‑setting results that have reshaped the legal and business landscapes for our clients. Cravath stands out “for its persistence and ability to help define industries,” and we are among the few top firms of choice for clients facing their most difficult and critical litigation. (Financial Times)

Cravath trains generalist litigators with the tools to tackle complex cases from every angle. We see the broader picture, so we can devise and deliver innovative approaches to the problem at hand, 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 is going to trial give us a strategic advantage in all steps of litigation. Our litigators “have repeatedly gone the distance in some of the thorniest, most complex trials and appeals,” understanding how to explain complex issues and technology simply and clearly without getting lost in the weeds. (The American Lawyer) Because Cravath litigators are trained across a broad array of legal areas, the same team can handle general commercial claims as well as disputes involving more specialized areas of the law, allowing us to use small teams and be more cost‑effective.

We also work closely with clients to understand and appreciate their business objectives and culture to provide both short- and long‑term solutions. Cravath litigators are not just legal advisors—we are our clients’ partners in developing workable solutions to the wide range of issues they face.

Cravath’s litigation team was named the New York Law Journal’s 2019 “Litigation Department of the Year” and the Firm was recognized as the “Most Innovative Law Firm for Legal Expertise” by the Financial Times in 2018. As The American Lawyer has noted, “Cravath stands out for its novel arguments” and our litigators consistently push beyond the “playbook” to develop strategies that will deliver the best results for our clients. Our team has earned repeated praise from clients and the market, including:

“[F]irst-rate firm, with tremendous responsiveness and high creativity.” Client, U.S. News “Best Law Firms”

“For our most difficult problems, it’d be hard to find a better alternative.” Client, U.S. News “Best Law Firms”

“Best firm that I’ve ever experienced in terms of client service, availability and anticipating needs strategically.” Client, Chambers USA

“I appreciate the brilliant lawyers at Cravath; their commitment to preparation, their attention to client service, and the consistently good results. Also, they are really fun to work with.” Client, U.S. News “Best Law Firms”

“No firm demonstrates better teamwork in complex litigation or can muster the same cohesive intellectual firepower.” Client, Legal 500

“On the technical side they are very skilled but the main difference from other firms is that Cravath does a great job of understanding the client’s culture—they know how we work, and so fit their style with ours.” Client, Chambers USA