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Litigation

Shearman & Sterling's Litigation Group is strongly positioned to counsel and protect clients in today's challenging environment. With more than 130 attorneys in the United States, Europe and Asia, our team is ready to assist in any crisis, whether the adversary is a government regulator, a competitor, or a well-funded class action attorney.

Never before have our clients faced the array of potential controversies that they do today. Prosecutions and enforcement proceedings relating to alleged business improprieties are at an all time high. Settlements in securities and antitrust class actions regularly break previous records. What were once mundane commercial disputes have transformed into "scorched earth" battles in which adversaries root through millions of emails and electronic documents.

Such challenging times demand attorneys with the experience to counsel clients through difficult problems and the fortitude to bring a case to trial if that is the necessary course. Our lawyers have experience in a wide range of substantive areas including securities, criminal law enforcement, antitrust, commercial disputes, intellectual property and arbitration. We are trial-ready and trial-tested. Our partners include several former prosecutors who have tried dozens of jury trials in United States courts. The Shearman & Sterling Litigation Group has regularly represented parties in major trials in state and federal courts. We are equally strong in the arbitration area, handling numerous contested proceedings every year.

Depth of Experience

Our attorneys are experienced in a wide range of litigation.  The key areas in which we practice include:

Securities Litigation:  The Sarbanes Oxley Act, aggressive regulators, and well-funded class action attorneys have ushered in a new era of high-stakes securities litigation.  We handle all such matters, including shareholder class actions, SEC proceedings, corporate governance issues, contested takeovers, and shareholder disputes. Our securities practice draws not only on our litigation attorneys with experience in that area but also on our top-tier corporate transactional practice, which has been involved in cutting edge securities issues for many years. 

Criminal Law, Regulation and Enforcement:   Our Criminal Law, Regulation and Enforcement Practice features our team of former prosecutors and regulators with extensive experience representing corporate and individual clients in criminal and regulatory proceedings.  Recent experience includes major investigations concerning price fixing, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, and accounting fraud.

Antitrust:  We work in coordination with our Antitrust Group on private and regulatory competition matters, including Sherman Act Section 1 price-fixing claims, Sherman Act Section 2 monopolization claims, and claims arising under state antitrust and unfair competition laws.  Our antitrust attorneys are located in the United States and throughout Europe, and can represent parties in multiple jurisdictions, and in both private and regulatory proceedings. 

Commercial Disputes and Business Law:   We have represented corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and other entities in a variety of business-related disputes relating to breach of contract, fraud, professional malpractice, business torts, and insurance and reinsurance matters.

Intellectual Property:   Our intellectual property practice includes matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress and trade secrets. 

Arbitration:  Our attorneys handle both domestic and international arbitrations.  The International Arbitration Group, centered in Paris, has particular expertise in international arbitrations in the areas of construction, energy, business combinations, general commercial, and financial and insurance.  We have represented parties in arbitrations under the rules of all of the major worldwide arbitration organizations.

Pro Bono

Our global reach and commitment to excellence is also reflected in the firm's pro bono work.  In a ground-breaking project, the firm has partnered with the office of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  We provide extensive training and research in support of the prosecutors' efforts to seek justice against the perpetrators of Rwanda's genocide.  Numerous Shearman & Sterling attorneys (both litigation and corporate) have worked at the Tribunal on four-week assignments. Other pro bono matters.

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