Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Weil Gotshal As Top Tier National Firm In Multiple Practice Areas

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 01:00

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has been designated a top tier national firm in Benchmark Litigation 2010. A publication of Euromoney/Legal Media Group, the guide focuses exclusively on the leading U.S. law firms and attorneys.

Five Weil Gotshal litigation practice areas were ranked in the top tier nationally: Antitrust, Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Intellectual Property and Securities. Four practice areas earned a Tier 2 national ranking: Insurance, International Arbitration, Products Liability and White Collar Crime. 19 attorneys were ranked as "stars" in their areas of expertise nationally and in their respective states, and three attorneys were named as "local stars" in their respective states.

The firm is praised by clients and competitors as being "highly qualified" and "first rate." The prominence of the bankruptcy and restructuring group stands out - "Weil Gotshal's restructuring group has received steady work in the past year, with the majority of it flowing into the firm's New York, Dallas and Houston offices. In the Texas region, the firm has really stood out for its bankruptcy work." According to Benchmark, Securities and Antitrust work continue to be the firm's most revered and prominent practice areas, and are praised by peers for "doing stupendous work." The highly respected intellectual property team is widely praised by peers, with one acknowledging the team as "remarkable." Clients view the intellectual property group's services as invaluable; one client stated, "I continue working with their team because they're winners." Benchmark states that general commercial litigation "remains an important pillar of the firm's strength" and further notes the firm's class actions, products liability and telecommunications work.

Allan Dinkoff, former managing director and head of the Employment Law Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. has joined Weil Gotshal's Employment Litigation Practice Group resident in its New York office.

Mr. Dinkoff spent 12 years at Merrill Lynch, where he was the principal advisor to the Board of Directors and executive management on the firm's most complex and high profile employment issues around the globe.