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Seated, from left, partners Todd Cosenza and Tariq Mundiya, chair of the litigation department; standing, from left, partners Shaimaa Hussein, Christopher St. Jeanos, Mary Eaton and Sameer Advani Seated, from left, partners Todd Cosenza and Tariq Mundiya, chair of the litigation department; standing, from left, partners Shaimaa Hussein, Christopher St. Jeanos, Mary Eaton and Sameer Advani (Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ)

What are some of the department’s most satisfying successes of the past year and why? Willkie has achieved a number of precedent-setting victories across a wide spectrum of legal issues in courts around the country involving securities litigation, corporate and municipal bankruptcies, derivative litigation, and insurance disputes. Among them was Willkie’s multibillion dollar win for the Plan Administrator of Lehman Brothers Holdings in the largest-ever trial involving RMBS claims. At the conclusion of the 23-day, unique claims estimation trial, the court ruled that the RMBS-related claims—originally asserted by the RMBS trustees in the amount of $37 billion—would be estimated at Lehman’s requested amount of $2.38 billion. That victory demonstrated not only our trial capabilities in securities, bankruptcy and complex litigation, but also our ability to handle multidisciplinary matters seamlessly across different departments within the firm.

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