WW+E’s Kosta Stojilkovic Appointed to the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States

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WASHINGTON — Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Partner Kosta Stojilkovic was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to a three-year term on the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. The “Standing Committee,” as it is commonly known, reviews, drafts, and recommends new rules governing practice and procedure in federal courts. Five advisory committees supplement the Standing Committee and propose changes to appellate, bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and evidence rules. “I am deeply honored to be appointed by the Chief Justice to the Standing Committee,” said Stojilkovic. “I look forward to learning from and working with the Committee’s distinguished members to help ensure that the federal rules remain rooted in efficiency and fairness.” Stojilkovic began his legal career by clerking for Chief Justice Roberts on the Supreme Court of the United States and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. ###

Alexandra Walsh Named Law 360 Trials MVP of the Year

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Alexandra Walsh was named one of Law360’s 2019 Trial MVPs of the Year. The award recognizes Walsh for leading “trial teams to a string of crucial victories for Bayer AG this year, persuading juries to reject a certified class action attacking the company’s One A Day vitamins as well as suits over its blood thinner Xarelto.” In an interview with Law360, Walsh said that the successful defense verdict for Bayer in a $600 million certified consumer class action lawsuit regarding the company’s One A Day vitamins was her biggest accomplishment and biggest challenge of the year. The victory has been lauded as an “all-out win” due to WW+E’s “confidence and strategy.” Law360 also recognized Walsh for her role defending Bayer in a series of bellwether trials over its blood thinner Xarelto. “Alex’s win reflects what we at WW+E see every day: the …

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Adds Four New Associates

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WASHINGTON — Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced the addition of three new associates in its Washington D.C. office and one new associate in its Los Angeles office. Samiyyah Ali, Alysha Bohanon, Jenna Pavelec, and Benjamin Raker join WW+E’s team of expert litigators as the firm nears its fourth year. “We are thrilled to welcome Samiyyah, Alysha, Jenna, and Benjamin to the WW+E family,” said Sean Eskovitz, WW+E Founding Partner. “As our firm continues to grow, the diversity of our new associates’ experiences and training will further empower us to continue delivering the best results for our clients.” Samiyyah Ali comes to WW+E after completing three clerkships, most recently on the Supreme Court for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She previously clerked for Judges Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Amul Thapar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Before clerking, Samiyyah …

American Healthcare Leader: “Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Help Bayer Stand Its Ground”

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WASHINGTON — After the WW+E team won a decisive trial victory for Bayer in a $600 million certified consumer class action lawsuit brought on behalf of One A Day multivitamin consumers, American Healthcare Leader’s (AHL) Sara Deeter highlighted how Walsh and Eskovitz’s “confidence and strategy” helped Bayer win a “resounding victory” in such a “high stakes” case. Without calling any witnesses in the defense case, the WW+E team — led by Sean Eskovitz, Alex Walsh, James Rosenthal, and Kieran Gostin — relied on devastating cross-examinations of plaintiffs’ expert and fact witnesses, which were “pivotal” and “yielded further important insights.” The cross-examinations were so effective that it only took the jury one hour to reject plaintiffs’ claims that Bayer had misrepresented the health benefits of One A Day multivitamins.  The feature acknowledged one of WW+E’s key strategies to engaging with the jury in a case that centered on “relatively complicated biological …

WW+E Associates Win Client’s Release in Pro Bono Resentencing Case

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Washington, D.C. — Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz associates Betsy Henthorne and Hayter Whitman, with assistance from partner Rakesh Kilaru, helped secure the early release of their pro bono client, Momolu Stewart, who had been sentenced to life in prison at the age of 16. Following WW+E’s successful efforts, Stewart, who is now 39 years old, was released from prison this week.  Under a recent Washington, D.C., law, the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (known as “IRAA”), Stewart was eligible to ask the court to reduce his sentence because he was under 18 at the time of the crime and had served more than 15 years in prison. WW+E successfully argued that Stewart should be resentenced based on, among other factors, the circumstances of his childhood, his accomplishments during his time in prison, and his demonstrated rehabilitation and fitness to society.  “The WW+E team is honored to stand beside Mr. Stewart as …

Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza Joins Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz announced today that Moira Kim Penza has joined the firm’s rapidly growing litigation practice as a partner in its New York office. Moira is an experienced prosecutor who has handled numerous high stakes matters, most recently serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, primarily in the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit. “It is an honor and pleasure to join such a young but already renowned firm,” said Penza. “WW+E has made a name for itself over the last few years as a litigation powerhouse led by skilled attorneys. I am thrilled to work with such a talented group of litigators on winning high-profile and high-stakes trials.” “We are excited to welcome Moira to the WW+E family,” said WW+E founding partner Beth Wilkinson. “Moira’s experience as a trial lawyer and her experience with both criminal and civil trials …

WW+E’s Beth Wilkinson, Alex Walsh Again Named “Top Women in Litigation” by Benchmark

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WASHINGTON – For the second consecutive year, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz founding partners Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh were ranked among Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” a recognition of “the most distinguished women in the world of litigation.” In addition, Beth Wilkinson was again named among the “Top 10 Female Litigators” in the country, which recognizes “a separate but elite group of leading lawyers who have been nominated specifically for their litigious acumen.” “Beth and Alex’s repeated recognition by Benchmark is a testament to their leadership at our firm and their expertise in the courtroom,” said WW+E Managing Partner Brant Bishop. “In an industry that continues to suffer from an underrepresentation of women – especially in leadership roles – we are proud to have trailblazers like Beth and Alex.” Benchmark’s extensive research process encompasses months of investigation into the individual litigators’ professional activities as well as client feedback surveys and …

WW+E Leads the Way in Legal Aid’s Generous Associates Campaign

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WASHINGTON — The Legal Aid Society recently recognized Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz for its record-breaking contributions to its Generous Associates Campaign, an annual fundraiser to help support Legal Aid’s efforts representing those most in need. WW+E raised the most money from firms with 50 attorneys or fewer, and topped the “Per Attorney Giving” competition, raising $1,452 per attorney in the D.C. office. “Our firm is strongly committed to pro bono representation, and we are thrilled to support Legal Aid’s mission to bring fair and equal access to justice for all,” said Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Alex Walsh. “We look forward to continuing to support Legal Aid’s important work representing those most in need.”  The Generous Associates Campaign is an annual fundraiser dating back to 1990. Led by associates at 82 law firms in DC and chaired by an associate co-chair committee, nearly 5,000 attorneys and staff contributed to the …

WW+E Partners Rakesh Kilaru, Kosta Stojilkovic Again Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List”

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WASHINGTON – For the second consecutive year, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz partners Rakesh Kilaru and Kosta Stojilkovic have been selected as leading litigation attorneys in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 & Under Hot List.” The annual ranking recognizes the “best and brightest law firm partners who stand out in their practices throughout the US” and who are “among the top young talent in their respective litigation communities.” “Rakesh and Kosta continue to demonstrate what it means to be stellar attorneys and exemplary role models,” said Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson. “Their back-to-back recognitions from Benchmark validate the unparalleled performance that we see on a daily basis in the office and in the courtroom. On behalf of the entire firm, we are so proud of their accomplishments and look forward to their continued success.” Kosta and Rakesh joined WW+E from the federal government. Kosta was an Assistant U.S. Attorney …

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Again Named Top Litigation Boutique by Vault

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vault named Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz the sixth best Litigation Boutique Law Firm in its “2020 Best Law Firm by Practice Area” rankings. WW+E appeared in these rankings for the second consecutive year, rising one spot from its ranking last year. The award is based on a score determined by a survey of peer firms, where associates vote for the strongest firms in their self-identified practice area.  “We are honored to be selected again as one of Vault’s top Litigation Boutique Firms,” said founding partner Sean Eskovitz. “Our exceptional team of talented and committed attorneys has distinguished us as a go-to firm that is developing the next generation of trial lawyers while consistently delivering outstanding results for our clients.” Vault previously recognized WW+E’s excellence in several other rankings.  It named WW+E as the sixth best midsize law firm. Among other accolades, Vault ranked WW+E second for compensation, third for diversity, and fourth for pro bono. In addition, Vault selected WW+E for its “Top 150 Under 150” list, which recognizes “outstanding law firms with fewer attorneys, …