With this issue, The National Law Journal ­inaugurates our Litigation Boutiques Hot List, featuring 10 small firms that take second place to no one in courtroom skill. These are the firms important clients turn to for state-of-the-art advocacy in bet-the-company cases. They are carving out specializations in products liability, international trade, intellectual property and other areas of the law. They also represent an avenue to practice high-end law on a more human scale than perhaps is offered by larger firms.
|ADDUCI MASTRIANI & SCHAUMBERG
‘Skyrocket’ is heating up the ITC’s docket
Washington firm was positioned to take advantage of an emerging front in the patent wars.
| BONDURANT MIXSON & ELMORE
Luring top talent
Atlanta firm succeeds by fielding small teams of lawyers who know their cases very well.
| DURIE TANGRI
From classmates to partners in a high-tech firm
Splinter group departed a venerable San Francisco firm three years ago and took key clients with them.
| GIBBS & BRUNS
Texas firm obtains big settlement for investors
Gibbs & Bruns’ proposed $8.5 billion settlement with BoA put the firm on the national radar.
| GOLDMAN ISMAIL TOMASELLI BRENNAN & BAUM
At this start-up, the billable hour is anathema
Chicago boutique specializes in defending pharmaceutical and medical-device makers.
| NICHOLS KASTER
Taking the employees’ side
Whether pizza drives or strippers, the team finds satisfaction in sticking up for the little guy.
| PODHURST ORSECK
Bucking the trend and finding success
U.S. courts’ reluctance to hear overseas airline crash cases forced the firm to extend its reach globally.
| REILLY POZNER
Major wins in Colorado
Denver firm successfully represented a pension fund in a challenge to cost-saving legislation.
| ROBBINS UMEDA
Not resting on laurels
A decade after it helped launch a practice area, the firm still fights to keep corporations honest.
| YETTER COLEMAN
Tragedy took the wind out, but not for long
Texas firm suffered a key partner’s untimely death, but came back swinging.
See how these small firms break down
by headcount and demographic.
| Further Reading:
• Plaintiffs Hot List
• Midsize Hot List
• Appellate Hot List