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More than 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 consistently 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'."

Recognized in the top category, “Highly Recommended,” for New York Litigation, the 2016 edition of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark Litigation notes, “From its sole New York office, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler has emerged as a firm whose work has spawned reverberations throughout the litigation market nationally; peers from California to DC offer recognition of its litigators and their accomplishments. Clients are not short on praise either - one in particular confirms, ‘The criteria we used include, in no particular order, legal skills, responsiveness, cost, business understanding, ability to interact well with business people, ability to work well with in-house lawyers and good sensitivity to decisions that warrant discussion with in-house counsel. Patterson Belknap gets high marks in all of the above, and they have the advantage of being smaller and more economical than many major NYC firms.’” In addition, our practice is recognized nationally in the U.S. News / Best Lawyers survey of "Best Law Firms," and also ranked in the top tier in New York.

Our Litigators

More than half of Patterson Belknap's litigators have held judicial clerkships, including at the federal District Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court levels as well as various state levels. Many have gained invaluable experience through the public roles they played prior to joining the Firm, such as Attorney General of the State of New Jersey and acting head of the Southern District’s Major Crimes Unit. In addition, a number of our attorneys have served as federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey.

Patterson Belknap litigators handle matters in all dispute resolution fora. Together they have tried cases in federal court in every judicial Circuit. They are equally skilled in trying cases in New York state courts. At the same time, our lawyers have represented clients in matters before The American Arbitration Association, The Center for Public Resources, The Conflict Prevention & Resolution International Center for Dispute Resolution, The Hague, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Jams, The London Court of International Arbitration and UNCITRAL. Many of our attorneys are themselves practicing arbitrators and mediators who know the value of resolving a dispute through alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Our Clients

Our clients include Fortune 500 corporations, such as 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. We have in-depth experience in a number of industries, including pharmaceuticals; medical devices; consumer products; food and beverage; media and entertainment; finance, securities and derivatives; manufacturing; technology and communications; commercial real estate; and others.

Our Technology

Patterson Belknap believes that technology is integral to providing efficient, effective and successful legal services. The Firm continually evaluates new technologies and adopts those which it believes are most useful to delivering better client service. The Firm's technological support for case work comes from the Practice Support Department. This group of dedicated professionals provide the database, trial support and technical skills needed to facilitate best the work of our lawyers and legal assistants. Analysts are responsible for front-line support, management of the case data and the management of any outside vendors.