Litigation Matters

We specialize in complex litigation, representing clients in various industries, including media, insurance, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Noteworthy Cases

  • Lead counsel for the seller in a proposed $8.6 billion proposed transaction and successfully defeated several motions to enjoin the shareholder vote brought by putative class representatives in federal court.
  • Led a 50-lawyer team in responding to a Second Request from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division concerning a $3 billion merger of two service providers in the financial industry. The merger was ultimately allowed to close without conditions.
  • Worked with a team to defeat class certification in a matter where plaintiffs sought certification of a putative nationwide class; plaintiffs sought in excess of $150 million in damages.
  • Successfully represented defendants, including individual officers and directors, in Rule 10b-5 class actions in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Northern District of California.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer in a federal action in California concerning an earn-out provision in a merger agreement.
  • Successfully represented a defendant investor in a breach of fiduciary duty/minority oppression case in New York state court in a three-week trial.

Featured Opinions

  • City of Sterling Heights v. Bucyrus Int’l, Inc., No. 2010-CV-1106 (E.D. Wis. Jan. 19, 2011) (representing Bucyrus International, Inc.).
  • Syndicated Commc’n Venture Partners IV, LP v. BayStar Capital, L.P., et al., Appeal No. 3705 (N.Y. App. Div. May 22, 2008) (representing BayStar).
  • Rumis et al v. Brady Worldwide, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37190 (S.D. Cal. 2007) (representing Brady Worldwide).
  • Noonan v. The Northwestern Mut. Life Ins. Co., Appeal No. 2005AP1683 (Wis. Ct. App.) (representing Northwestern Mutual).
  • Heiting Tool and Die Inc. v. Ossur North Am. Inc., Case No. 03-C-1057 (E.D. Wis. Nov. 16, 2005) (representing Ossur).
  • In re Van Wagoner Funds, Inc. Secs. Litig., Case No. 3:02-CV-03383 (N.D. Cal. July 27, 2004) (representing UMB Fund Services).

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Our Approach

Although we are litigators, we know that litigation can be costly to a business even in the best of outcomes, and so our approach is to provide comprehensive legal advice and counsel that helps your business grow while avoiding and preventing the types of issues that stall deals, hinder growth, and alienate investors, customers, and employees.

However, should an issue require litigation, our team is up to the challenge of defending your rights, no matter we it takes. Our attorneys draw upon over thirty years of complex litigation experience in large law firms, including acting as lead defense counsel in federal and state securities class actions, securities and antitrust investigations, complex civil and business litigation, and pre-and post-merger disputes.