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What is a “business litigator”? And how do you distinguish him or her from the broad range of lawyers who advise companies on the myriad business-related issues that might or might not end up in court. That’s the question our readers asked repeatedly before making nominations and our reporters asked, again repeatedly, before making phone calls. Hmmm. We needed to draw some lines. For purposes of this report, business litigators are lawyers whose chief practice is the handling of disputes between companies or between companies and large groups of their customers or shareholders. At the opposing counsel’s table sit other business litigators, not prosecutors or regulators. And the harms they debate are usually pocketbook injuries. Equally important, business litigators have actually made opening statements and examined witnesses in front of juries in the last several years. Of course, they settle a lot of cases, but their presence signals to the other side: We’re ready if you insist. To learn more about Legal Times ‘ Leading Lawyers series and to nominate, click here. We plan two more reports this year: communications specialists (nominations due May 11) and international trade lawyers (nominations due July 20).
Business Litigation Leading Lawyers: When It Comes Down to a Fight These 10 top business attorneys litigate the big disputes of American commerce. As one grateful client put it: They sure can turn on the heat when they need to. by Attila Berry and Siobhan RothDon’t Blame the Culprit’s Bank Enron’s banks just won a major 5th Circuit case against Enron’s shareholders. The Supreme Court will weigh in on this same issue of “scheme” liability next term. by Gregory A. Markel and Gregory G. BallardName Your Company Witness When a corporation must designate someone to be deposed, clever counsel see another way to help defeat the company’s foe, while skirting risks en route. by Jan M. Conlin and Katie Crosby Lehmann

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