Wilkinson Walsh Announces Three Promotions

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WASHINGTON — Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced three promotions. Kieran Gostin and Ralia Polechronis were elected to the partnership, and Andrew Croner was promoted to counsel. The promotions took effect on June 1. “Kieran, Ralia, and Andrew have each in their own ways played an integral role in many of the firm’s successes, from inside the courtroom to mentoring fellow colleagues,” said founding partner Alex Walsh. “We are truly fortunate to have them in the WW+E family. Their well-deserved promotions are a testament to their value to the firm.” An experienced defense attorney, Kieran has represented government and corporate clients in products liability, antitrust, data breach, copyright, national security, First Amendment, Privacy Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and other complex civil litigation matters. Kieran recently helped lead a trial team that won a decisive victory for Bayer in a $600 million certified consumer class action lawsuit (Farar et al. v. …

WW+E’s Beth Wilkinson Featured in Law360 Article on “What It’s Like to be the Only Woman in the Room”

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WASHINGTON — Law360 featured Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz founding partner Beth Wilkinson in a piece spotlighting “five women who are succeeding in largely male-dominated areas” of trial law. In her interview with Law360, Wilkinson recounted how she has “had to fight for respect from male opponents and supposed allies alike.” In one anecdote, Wilkinson described her first civil trial in private practice, where, as the only woman playing a lead role, she was belittled and demeaned by both opposing counsel and her own co-counsel. “Instead of letting the male attorneys throw her off focus,” according to the article, “she used the experience as motivation to win her case — which she did.” When Wilkinson later ran into that same opposing counsel, she recalled that “his approach has changed in that I think he takes me more seriously. Beating him twice is probably the best revenge for that,” Wilkinson said. Beth …

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Again Named “Boutique Firm of the Year” by Benchmark

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Benchmark Litigation again named Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz the “Boutique Firm of the Year” during its annual awards ceremony in New York City — the second time in three years that WW+E has received the recognition. This prestigious award recognizes WW+E’s high-profile trial wins over the last year, including a defense verdict for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in McNair v. NCAA and multiple state-court bellwether trial victories for Bayer in trials involving the blood-thinner Xarelto. WW+E also achieved several other pre- and post-trial victories in 2018, including judgment granted as a matter of law to WW+E’s clients Oculus and Facebook on plaintiffs’ false designation claim in Zenimax Media et al. v. Oculus VR and complete dismissal, before any discovery, of a securities fraud class action case in In re MAXIMUS, Inc. Securities Litig. “We are deeply appreciative of Benchmark’s recognition of our firm for the second …

Litigation Daily: “Killer Crosses: How Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Partners Shredded Witnesses in $600M Save for Bayer”

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After the Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz team, led by Sean Eskovitz, Alex Walsh, James Rosenthal, and Kieran Gostin, won a decisive victory for Bayer in a $600 million certified consumer class action lawsuit brought on behalf of One A Day multivitamin consumers, Litigation Daily‘s Jenna Greene wrote about how Eskovitz and Walsh were “so good” at the cross-examinations that “the WW+E team called no defense witnesses. They annihilated the case on crosses alone”: If cross-examination is an art form, then Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz name partners Alexandra Walsh and Sean Eskovitz (pictured above) are masters. The duo led a trial team defending Bayer AG, which faced a $600 million certified consumer class action over its One A Day multivitamin. The plaintiffs alleged Bayer made false and misleading claims that One A Day supported heart health, immunity and physical energy. How good were the cross-examinations? So good that that the WW+E team called no defense witnesses. They annihilated the …

WW+E Secures Trial Win for Bayer in $600 Million One A Day Class Action

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz team, led by Sean Eskovitz, Alex Walsh, James Rosenthal, and Kieran Gostin, won a decisive victory for Bayer in a $600 million certified consumer class action lawsuit brought on behalf of One A Day multivitamin consumers.  Without calling any witnesses in the defense case, the team relied on devastating cross-examinations of plaintiffs’ expert and fact witnesses to convince the jury to reject plaintiffs’ claims that Bayer had misrepresented the health benefits of One A Day multivitamins.  The jury deliberated for just an hour before returning a complete defense verdict.  The class action suit, filed on behalf of purchasers of One A Day multivitamins in California, New York, and Florida, challenged as false and misleading Bayer’s claims that One A Day multivitamins support heart health, immunity, and physical energy. Plaintiffs originally sought over $4 billion in damages, which WW+E successfully reduced to $600 …

WW+E Celebrates Banner Year of High Stakes Trial Wins By Next Generation Of Trial Lawyers

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz is racing into its fourth year after notching a series of high-profile victories, led by a large and diverse group of partners. In 2018, all of WW+E’s partners participated in trials and case-dispositive hearings, and several other attorneys achieved significant on-their-feet experience, including through pro bono cases. The firm earned repeated recognition for the depth and successes of its bench and added a new crop of talented litigators to its roster. WW+E won three trials in 2018, each of which was first-chaired by a different partner: On April 27, 2018, WW+E, led by Brian Stekloff, Jeremy Barber, and Lori McGill, won a unanimous defense verdict for Bayer and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Russell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the second state-court Xarelto bellwether trial in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. On May 21, 2018, WW+E, led by Kosta Stojilkovic and Rakesh …

Experienced Litigator Julie Rubenstein Promoted To WW+E Counsel

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WASHINGTON– Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced that Julie Rubenstein has been promoted to Counsel effective January 1, 2019. Since joining WW+E as an associate, Rubenstein has used her breadth of experience representing corporate and individual clients to secure major victories for WW+E’s clients. Rubenstein most recently helped the NCAA obtain a defense jury verdict in a month-long defamation trial in Todd McNair v. NCAA. She led oral arguments on several key issues, including jury instructions, and she successfully defended against Plaintiff’s motion to compel. Her promotion is a testament to the firm’s investment in its next generation of leading attorneys and its emphasis on getting those attorneys into the courtroom. “Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz is a powerhouse firm because all attorneys – associates, counsel, and partners – are encouraged and empowered to contribute meaningfully to all aspects of our trial work,”said Ms. Rubenstein. “I am honored to work at …

Appeals Court Upholds Major Antitrust Win for WW+E Client Georgia Pacific

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WASHINGTON,D.C. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously upheld a major trial court win for Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz client Georgia Pacific, affirming the dismissal of a high stakes antitrust class action lawsuit involving over $10 billion in claimed damages. Georgia Pacific hired WW+E to handle all aspects of summary judgment briefing and trial after the trial court certified Plaintiffs’ proposed class. The WW+E team, led by Beth Wilkinson, Alexandra Walsh, Brant Bishop, and Rakesh Kilaru, developed an evidentiary record focused on the absence of any evidence against Georgia Pacific, and filed independent briefs challenging Plaintiffs’ expert witnesses and seeking summary judgment. In June 2017, the court issued a Daubert opinion that imposed key limits on the testimony Plaintiffs’ witnesses could offer at trial, adopting several of WW+E’s arguments. On August 3, 2017, WW+E won summary judgment for Georgia Pacific. The court’s decision came just one …

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 office and one new associate in its Los Angeles office. Xiao Wang, D’Juan Jones, Jaclyn Delligatti, and Meghan Cleary join WW+E’s team of expert litigators as the firm nears its third year. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Xiao, D’Juan, Jaclyn, and Meghan into the WW+E family,” said Beth Wilkinson, WW+E Founding Partner. “Our firm’s strength comes from the diversity of our team and the hands-on, inside-the-courtroom experience that all of our attorneys receive. We are confident that this group of stellar associates will become future litigation superstars.” Xiao Wang joins WW+E from Williams &Connolly LLP, where he worked on insider trading, immigration, and media and entertainment matters. Before joining Williams & Connolly, he clerked for Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California …

Benchmark Names Beth Wilkinson an “Elite” Top 100 Trial Lawyer

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Washington, D.C. — Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by Benchmark Litigation 2018. The award recognizes “elite trial strategists” for their successes in the courtroom. “At this point, it goes without saying that Beth’s recognitions are well-deserved. She is continuously recognized as a top trial lawyer precisely because of the high-profile victories she delivers for her clients and her role as a trailblazer in and outside of the courtroom,” said WW+E Founding Partner Alexandra Walsh. “She is a role model for our firm’s younger associates, a force to be reckoned with when in front of a jury, and a paragon of success in the legal community at large.” Since founding WW+E less than three years ago, Beth has notched a string of standout trial victories, been honored and recognized for her and WW+E’s various successes, and built the firm into …