October 23, 2020
Weil was profiled as Class Action Litigation Department of the Year in the New York Law Journal’s 2020 Litigation Department of the Year contest, the second time the Firm has earned this honor from NYLJ in the last three years. The publication originally recognized the winners of its Professional Excellence awards, of which this contest is a part, in June 2020.
NYLJ’s Q&A profile with Weil Litigation Department Co-Chairs Jonathan Polkes and David Lender focused on the Firm’s continued success across practices in developing business-oriented strategies to resolve cases arising out of crisis situations. It highlighted Weil’s notable victories for Farmers Insurance in an industry-wide antitrust multi-district litigation relating to auto body repairs, Signet Jewelers in a first-of-kind securities class action relating to statements made about the company’s corporate code of conduct, and Willis in a securities multi-district litigation arising out of the Stanford Ponzi scheme. The profile closed with a focus on Weil’s efforts to build the next generation of leading litigators, particularly through recruitment of talented diverse attorneys and expansion of strategic capabilities through lateral acquisitions, especially in the appellate space.
Weil’s Litigation Department has continued to burnish its credentials as one of the best nationwide, based on prestigious accolades awarded by The American Lawyer and its sister publications. Aside from this most recent award, since 2017, the Department has been recognized as:
- A Winner of the 2017 Florida Litigation Department of the Year contest by the Daily Business Review (General Litigation Category)
- A Finalist in the national 2018 Litigation Department of the Year contest by The American Lawyer (Product Liability Category)
- An Honorable Mention in the national 2018 Litigation Department of the Year contest by The American Lawyer (General Litigation Category)
- A Winner of the 2018 Litigation Department of the Year contest by the New York Law Journal (Class Action Category)
- An Honorable Mention in the 2020 Litigation Department of the Year contest by The American Lawyer (General Litigation Category)
The New York Law Journal honored just 11 total firms in this year’s contest, which comprised a General Litigation competition and eight specialty practice area competitions. In addition to Class Action, the specialty practice areas included Finance, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Products Liability, Professional Liability, and Real Estate. The contest was open to any law firm with a New York presence, and New York lawyers must have played a significant role in the matters submitted for consideration.
The winners will be honored at the New York Legal Awards in New York City on November 17, 2020.