Gordon Arata is a litigation firm. We routinely represent clients in complex and high-profile commercial litigation throughout the country.
Massive Securities Class Action
When Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. needed defense in Louisiana against nationwide class actions alleging that Schwab violated its duty of best-execution in securities trades, they turned to us. "It was a great experience," observes Member Donna Currault. "Every strategic decision had to consider the implications for parallel cases filed all over the country by the consortium of plaintiffs' lawyers, for whom Louisiana ultimately became the favored forum. We also worked with defense counsel in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. in handling similar litigation." Donna cites the work of colleague Tim Eagan as lead counsel, calling him "a great lawyer. He often took other people's briefs, most often on complex issues, and made them snappy and compelling. He sometimes seemed to absorb material as if by osmosis and is very good at reading people and seeing where they're going." Tim, not surprisingly, has been chosen by his peers for listing in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA Directory of Leading Lawyers.
High-Stakes Tobacco Litigation
Another good example of our complex commercial litigation practice is our extensive trial and appellate practice for Lorillard Tobacco Company, as we defend them in individual smoking and health cases as well as in class action matters. Litigation member Steve Copley, who spearheads these cases, recalls: "Lorillard picked us because of the people who work here and their experience in complex civil litigation. We have talent from senior litigation counsel, like John McCollam and Tim Eagan, down to incoming associates, all of whom can bring to bear their smarts and experience on short notice. Our senior counsel are recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers, and our associates stack up against those at any firm in the country. Our lawyers are in the courthouse every week, and when we're not in front of a judge and jury, we're active in mock trials and teaching."