Pro Bono Asylum Victory for Wilkinson Walsh

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Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz celebrates an asylum victory today for a sixteen-year old client fleeing persecution in Honduras. Our client suffered persecution in Honduras after his father, a member of a local taxi driver’s cooperative, defied a powerful international gang by refusing to make extortion payments. The gang stalked, threatened, and attempted to kidnap our client from school. Associate Max Warren led the case under the supervision of partner Brian Stekloff. Associates Norman Pentelovitch, Cali Cope-Kasten, and Meg Loftus, paralegal Youlan Xiu, and assistant Kat Phillips assisted with the case. The team worked in collaboration Human Rights First, a non-profit international human rights organization. We are proud of our client for the enormous bravery he has demonstrated in the face of adversity, and know he will be a model citizen in the United States.

WW+E Adds Three Preeminent Trial Attorneys On Two Coasts

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Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz continues to grow its trial boutique with the addition of three young and experienced trial attorneys to its all-star team: Jennifer Saulino, who joins as a partner from the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice; Kosta Stojilkovic, who has joined the firm as a partner from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Koren (“Kori”) Bell, who will join the firm as counsel in Los Angeles from the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles, where she is a Supervising Trial Deputy. According to WW+E founding partner Sean Eskovitz, who heads the firm’s Los Angeles office, “Jennifer, Kosta, and Kori have exactly what we are always looking for: energy, intelligence and courtroom confidence.  Adding them to the Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz team expands our ability to provide top-drawer trial talent to clients.” WW+E, which opened its doors in February, …

Beth Wilkinson Inducted Into The American College of Trial Lawyers

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Beth Wilkinson, partner and co-founder of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz LLP, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional trial organization in North America. The American College of Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers with diverse backgrounds from the United States and Canada. Membership is limited to the top one percent of the total population of lawyers from any state or province. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship in the College. Only those lawyers who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism and collegiality are considered to be inducted as Fellows. “I could not feel more honored about the American College of Trial Lawyers’ recognition, nor more grateful to our clients for trusting me and Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz to handle …

Just Six Months After Opening Its Doors, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Named to Vault’s “Top 150 Under 150”

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Vault has named Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz as one of the top 150 midsized and small firms in the country. Though only six months old, the firm has already secured high-stakes trial work from top-tier clients, more than doubled in size, won a complete defense verdict in a jury trial where plaintiffs sought over $1.5 billion in punitive and compensatory damages, and notched victories in state and federal courts throughout the country.  WW+E is thrilled to have its innovative work, model, and culture recognized by Vault. View Vault’s “Top 150 Under 150” list here.

Wilkinson Honored as Go-To Litigator for Sports Industry

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Founding partner Beth Wilkinson was featured in the June 27 issue of Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal as a “power player” among outside counsel in the sports industry. “Beth has handled some of the biggest class-action cases in sports while representing Major League Baseball and the NFL.” — Sports Business Journal WW+E currently represents the NFL in a putative antitrust class action challenging the League’s broadcast arrangement for its Sunday Ticket Package.  The firm also represents the NCAA in a defamation suit set for trial in Los Angeles. Read more at Sports Business Journal.

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Affirmative Action Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

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Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz partner Lori Alvino McGill played a leading role representing the University in Fisher v. University of Texas.  In a 4-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld UT’s undergraduate admissions policy, which considers an applicant’s racial background as one of many factors.  The decision reaffirms that universities have a compelling interest in seeking the educational benefits of a broadly diverse student body, and that they may use race-conscious admissions policies tailored to that goal.  The decision–which praises the University’s efforts to achieve diversity through other means, and its reasoned conclusion that those efforts were inadequate–also marks the first time that Justice Kennedy has voted to uphold a race-conscious admissions policy as consistent with the Equal Protection Clause. The Court’s ruling will allow UT and other universities to continue to “defin[e] those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to [their] identity and educational mission.” To …

WW+E Partner Lori Alvino McGill Featured on Legal Talk Network and Radiolab

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Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz partner Lori Alvino McGill was featured this week on two podcasts. On Legal Talk Network’s “Lawyer 2 Lawyer,” Lori is featured in an episode entitled “Tribal Law, Indian Child Welfare Act, and Custody.” Lori discusses her pro bono representation of a California family fighting to adopt their six-year-old foster child, Lexi, who they have raised for more than four years. Lexi is a multiethnic child who is 1/64 Native American and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She was removed from her foster parents following a lower court’s decision to place her with relatives in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law which was designed to help Native American families and communities remain intact. Lori has twice successfully appealed lower court rulings in the case, and the case is now pending on appeal for a third time, before the California …

Wilkinson Walsh Celebrates its First Pro Bono Victory

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Today, Wilkinson Walsh is proud to announce its first pro bono trial win by Norman Pentelovitch and Hal Brewster, who successfully represented a woman seeking a civil protection order from an abusive former boyfriend. During the trial, Hal made an opening statement and conducted the direct of our client.  The woman bravely faced a cross-examination by her abuser, who represented himself pro se.  Norman cross-examined the former boyfriend after he testified, and presented the closing argument. The judge ruled from the bench, finding the former boyfriend’s prior behavior and in-court testimony to be abusive and controlling.  She found our client’s testimony credible, and that documentary evidence proved the former boyfriend had committed an “intrafamily offense.”  The resulting civil protection order requires the former boyfriend to stay 100 yards away from our client at all times, and to not harass, threaten or stalk her.  At our client’s request, the court also ordered …

Wilkinson Walsh Team Wins First Trial

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On April 7, 2016, WW+E’s trial team, led by WW+E Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson, won its first major trial just two months after the firm opened its doors.  Following a three week trial, a St. Louis jury deliberated for less than an hour and found that Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris unit did not deceive smokers with the marketing of Marlboro Lights.  Plaintiffs sought more than $1.5 billion in compensatory and punitive damages.  The WW+E team worked with attorneys from Winston & Strawn led by George Lombardi, the co-chair of Winston’s litigation practice. Read more about WW+E’s successful representation at The Associated Press.