More than one half of Patterson Belknap’s attorneys are devoted to litigation. The litigating partners at Patterson Belknap have tried hundreds of cases, including many of the most complex in their fields. One client has described us as "courtroom artisans." We are not afraid to go to trial, and our clients—and our adversaries—know it. We are accustomed not only to trying cases, but to delivering the results our clients want and that cases merit. In many situations of course, settlement may be the best option. In those instances, our reputation and track record should enhance our clients' chances for a favorable settlement.

Our leadership in litigation is recognized in Chambers USA. The guide notes that "This team 'consistently delivers high-caliber work' which attracts long-standing clients. The team consists of 'smart and aggressive litigators who deliver excellent results time and time again'." In addition, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark Litigation has included the firm in its national rankings, and recognized the firm in its top category, “Highly Recommended," for New York Litigation. Our practice is also recognized nationally in the U.S. News / Best Lawyers survey of "Best Law Firms," and also ranked in the top tier in New York.

We represent Fortune 500 corporations, including multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers, media conglomerates, and financial services institutions. In addition, we represent foreign governments, state-owned enterprises, major banks, brokerage firms, pension funds, insurance companies, individual officers and directors of large companies, major investors, entrepreneurs, and closely held corporations.

The kinds of commercial cases our firm handles are just as broad: contract disputes, antitrust matters, accounting litigation, class actions, securities and commodities cases, insurance coverage litigation, employment litigation, real estate suits, and disputes among corporate shareholders.