WWE PARTNER ALEXANDRA WALSH NAMED LITIGATOR OF THE WEEK

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Award recognizes her role leading the Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz team to another victory WASHINGTON – Litigation Daily selected Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Alexandra Walsh as its Litigator of the Week for her role persuading a Philadelphia jury to find for the defense in a bellwether trial over the adequacy of the warning labels for the blood thinner Xarelto. Walsh, along with partners Tamarra Matthews Johnson and Rakesh Kilaru, won the third state-court bellwether trial over the blood- thinner Xarelto in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas in August. The victory was the third win for Bayer in state court, and the sixth win overall, in the Xarelto litigation. Read her Q&A with Lit Daily Editor Jenna Greene here. Walsh and Johnson served as lead trial counsel for Bayer, and Kilaru helped direct the legal strategy. A 12-member jury in Philadelphia returned a defense verdict after less than …

WW+E Partners Secure Complete Dismissal of Securities Fraud Class Action

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WASHINGTON – The WW+E Team, led by Founding Partners Brant Bishop and Beth Wilkinson and partner Kosta Stojilkovic, won complete dismissal of a securities fraud class action case in the Eastern District of Virginia for client MAXIMUS Inc.  In August 2017, MAXIMUS was sued under sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, based on allegations that the company, along with several members of its executive team, had made false or misleading statements on earnings calls and in SEC filings concerning MAXIMUS’s performance on a major contract with the British government. Led by Brant Bishop, WW+E moved to dismiss the amended complaint with prejudice, arguing that plaintiffs failed to plead facts giving rise to an inference that MAXIMUS acted with scienter, or an intent to defraud.  WW+E also argued that plaintiff failed to plead materiality as to certain alleged misstatements or omissions, and also failed to plead …

Wilkinson Walsh Secures Another Trial Victory for Bayer in Xarelto Trial

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Alexandra Walsh, co-founding partner of Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz, Tamarra Matthews Johnson, and Rakesh Kilaru led the defense team to another victory. WASHINGTON – The Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz trial team, led by Founding Partner Alexandra Walsh and partners Tamarra Matthews Johnson and Rakesh Kilaru, won the third state-court bellwether trial over the blood- thinner Xarelto in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. This is the third win for Bayer in state court, and the sixth win overall, in the Xarelto litigation. The Plaintiff, Kevin Cooney, alleged that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals were liable for claims that the Xarelto label did not adequately warn or instruct doctors on the risks of bleeding associated with the anticoagulant medicine Xarelto. Walsh and Johnson served as lead trial counsel for Bayer, and Kilaru helped direct the legal strategy. A 12-member jury in Philadelphia returned a defense verdict after less …

WW+E’s Kosta Stojilkovic, Kieran Gostin Named to Law360’s “Rising Stars”

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz’s Kosta Stojilkovic and Kieran Gostin were named to Law360’s “Rising Stars of 2018,” an honor for “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.” Kosta Stojilkovic was recognized for his trial work, while Kieran Gostin was recognized for his work on products liability matters. “Kosta and Kieran’s well-deserved recognition underscores our firm’s philosophy of empowering younger attorneys to showcase their talent, regardless of age or seniority,” said Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Sean Eskovitz. “Kosta and Kieran are litigation superstars, bringing great intellect, judgment, and energy to everything they do, and we are proud that they are leading the way for the next generation of trial lawyers.“ Law360’s Rising Stars for 2018 were selected from over 1,200 submissions and are “based on their career accomplishments in their respective disciplines.” Most recently, Kosta obtained a complete defense verdict in McNair v. NCAA, a …

Three WW+E Partners Named “Top Women in Litigation” by Benchmark

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Partners Beth Wilkinson, Alexandra Walsh, and Lori Alvino McGill were ranked among Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” all of whom “share the distinction of being recognized as top players in their respective fields.” Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson was also named among the “Top 10 Female Litigators” in the country. Benchmark’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” rankings recognize women who “have earned their place amongst the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients.” “Benchmark’s recognition of Beth, Alex, and Lori as leaders in our field is a great honor, reflecting the firm’s strong female leadership in a male-dominated industry,” said WW+E Managing Partner Brant Bishop. “We’re proud to call Beth, Alex, and Lori our partners, and feel strongly that our firm’s …

WW+E Selected As Industry-Leading “Best Midsize Law Firm To Work For”

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WASHINGTON – Vault named Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz the sixth best midsize law firm to work for in its 2019 Law Firm Rankings.  Among other accolades, Vault ranked WW+E second for compensation, third for diversity, and fourth for pro bono.  These rankings are based on the results of a survey distributed to associates at each law firm, reflecting associates’ views about their firms. In addition, Vault selected WW+E for its “Top 150 Under 150” list, which recognizes “outstanding law firms with fewer attorneys, but no less expertise, than the global megafirms that often dominate rankings and headlines.” Vault is well-known for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews of thousands of top employers. “Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz has built a culture of empowering younger attorneys and delivering exceptional results for our clients,” said WW+E Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson.  “I am proud to work with such a diverse team of star litigators, …

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

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WASHINGTON –Rakesh Kilaru and Kosta Stojilkovic have been recognized as leading litigation attorneys in Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 “40 & Under Hot List,” an annual ranking that “commemorates the most notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys in the United States” who “have established themselves in their respective fields and are set to enjoy bright futures.” “Kosta and Rakesh are true litigation superstars,” said WW+E founding partner Sean Eskovitz. “They bring extraordinary intellects, judgment, and energy to all of their matters. WW+E is committed to developing the next generation of great trial lawyers, and they are leading the way.” Kosta and Rakesh joined WW+E from the federal government. Kosta was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he tried financial crime and public corruption cases. Rakesh served as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel in the Office of White House Counsel. Since joining WW+E, they have played …

Trial Court Throws Out $250 Million False Designation Verdict, Refuses to Impose Permanent Injunction Against WW+E Clients

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WASHINGTON – The trial judge in Zenimax Media et al. v. Oculus VR et al. today threw out plaintiffs’ biggest win at trial—a $250 million award for false designation—and granted judgment as a matter of law to Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz’s clients on that claim. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade also denied plaintiffs’ motion to enjoin the use of disputed technology in the Oculus Rift headset, allowing Oculus VR to market and sell its products without restriction.  In addition, the judge granted defendants’ motion for sanctions.  WW+E represents all defendants in the case, including Oculus VR and its parent company Facebook. The moves come sixteen months after the jury delivered a mixed verdict, rejecting plaintiffs’ lead claim of trade secret misappropriation, but awarding $500 million on other claims against Oculus VR and two of its executives. Today’s ruling cuts that award in half, and eliminates all damages assessed against the …

Bloomberg Big Law: WW+E “Remakes Old Model” of Trial Firms

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Feature article explores benefits of WW+E’s unique billing model and commitment to diversity WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz “is restructuring how legal work is done,” writes Stephanie Russell-Kraft in a June 7 Bloomberg Big Law profile of the firm, by forging a new model that eschews the billable hour, empowers younger lawyers, and emphasizes diversity. Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz was founded in early 2016 by a group of partners, including Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh, formerly of Paul Weiss, and Sean Eskovitz, formerly of Munger Tolles & Olson. Since then, the firm has grown to almost 50 attorneys and has won several high-profile cases, garnering the firm recognition from Chambers & Partners, Benchmark, and Law360. When creating the firm, WW+E’s Founding Partners prioritized eliminating the billable hour. Doing so, Russell-Kraft notes, means “lawyers feel less pressure to monitor how they’re spending each minute of the day, and clients feel …

Wilkinson Walsh Selected As Industry-Leading “Best Law Firm For Female Attorneys”

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz was named the fifth best law firm for female attorneys among all firms with 20 to 149 lawyers in Law360’s 2018 Glass Ceiling report. Though women represent just over one-third of all attorneys in private practice, Law360 recognized WW+E for its strong female leadership, including two female name partners, and for achieving gender parity among the firm’s attorneys. “Having a diverse workforce is not just the right thing to do, but it also enhances the strength and quality of our firm, including our ability to deliver victories in the courtroom,” said WW+E Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson. “WW+E’s diversity may make our firm the exception, not the rule — but it certainly is the model of the future.” “When we started this firm over two years ago, we agreed that diversity in all forms was an important and essential virtue of the firm,” said WW+E …