December 22, 2017
Weil was named the national finalist for the Products Liability competition in The American Lawyer’s prestigious “Litigation Department of the Year” contest, which takes place once every two years and recognizes top litigation teams across the United States.
The profile highlighted the breadth of work handled by Weil’s Products Liability practice, and distinguished Weil from other firms based on the team’s proven “ability to win big not just at trial, but long before the matter ever came before a jury.” “We’ve done a lot of big trial work, but Weil is so much more than that,” Princeton-based partner Diane Sullivan commented. “At the same time we’re working to prepare for trial, we have people who are thinking about, ‘Is there an exit strategy?’… Most clients don’t want to go to trial.”
The American Lawyer cited a number of high-profile victories achieved by Weil over the prior two years, including a jury trial win for Philip Morris in a high-stakes medical monitoring class action, and summary judgment rulings in favor of Repsol that successfully resolved a long-running environmental case arising out of the clean-up of the Passaic River in New Jersey. “All members of the team are trial lawyers first and foremost,” commented Arvin Maskin, head of Weil’s Products Liability practice. “They’re informed by what it’s like to try these cases, so we understand what the company is going to be subjected to.” The profile also cited victories for Procter & Gamble and Sanofi.
Edward Soto, Managing Partner of Weil’s Miami office, explained that ability to work together so seamlessly is one of the Firm’s greatest strengths, as well as the knowledge that the lawyers can also take things to trial if need be. “Usually, it really does take looking at someone across the table and saying we have to try this because you’re not giving us any alternatives,” he commented.
Weil was also one of just ten firms nationwide to receive an Honorable Mention in the General Litigation category. In a separate article, the publication cited the Firm’s work on groundbreaking, “high-impact” cases, including the Second Circuit victory for Marsh & McLennan and our pro bono work in Ashker v. Governor of California, which helped bring an end to indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons.
Click here to read the full profile.