Wilkinson Walsh Partners Rakesh Kilaru and Kieran Gostin Named to Benchmark Litigation “40 & Under Hot List”

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh Partners Rakesh Kilaru and Kieran Gostin were named to the 2020 Benchmark Litigation “40 & Under Hot List.” Benchmark recognized them as leading and notable up-and-coming litigation partners in the United States. This marks the third consecutive year Rakesh has been recognized by Benchmark. Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson said, “Rakesh and Kieran continue to demonstrate what it means to be stellar attorneys and exemplary role models. I am proud to see their hard work and dedication to achieving the greatest result for their clients in the courtroom being honored and recognized. We are thrilled to have them as part of our team and look forward to their future accomplishments.” Benchmark recognized Rakesh for his involvement in a “wide range of antitrust, sports, product liability, commercial, class action, and appellate litigation,” including high-profile antitrust cases for the national Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Football League …

Beth Wilkinson Featured on Benchmark Litigation Behind the Trial Podcast

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson recently joined the Benchmark Litigation Behind the Trial podcast for an in-depth discussion on trial practice. The episode is focused on the art of persuading juries. Wilkinson discussed the front lines of trial practice and some of her tricks of the trade. “One of the arts of trial work is be able to take something that is complicated and get it down to its essence,” Wilkinson said. “I am not an expert in any area of the law, or science or technology. The learning process I go through allows me to turn around and be a teacher to the jury.” Wilkinson’s additional advice included telling lawyers to “start with what do you want to argue in closing arguments.” Wilkinson also emphasized the importance of developing memorable and personally resonant themes: “When you think about learning, the first time you don’t learn it as …

Wilkinson Walsh Celebrates Another Outstanding Year of High Stakes Trials and Accolades for the Next Generation of Trial Lawyers

WASHINGTON –Wilkinson Walsh enters its fifth year having cemented its status as the premier trial litigation boutique in the country. 2019 featured three high-stakes, high-pressure trials, in which different partners served as lead trial counsel and eight partners in total had stand-up roles. The firm continued to receive accolades for its successes in delivering results to its clients while deepening its diverse bench of go-to litigators.

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

WASHINGTON – For the second consecutive year, Wilkinson Walsh 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 Wilkinson Walsh 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 individual …

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

WASHINGTON – For the second consecutive year, Wilkinson Walsh 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 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 Wilkinson Walsh from the federal government. Kosta was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern …

Wilkinson Walsh Celebrates Banner Year of High Stakes Trial Wins By Next Generation Of Trial Lawyers

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh 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 Wilkinson Walsh’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. Wilkinson Walsh won three trials in 2018, each of which was first-chaired by a different partner: On April 27, 2018, Wilkinson Walsh, 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, Wilkinson Walsh, led by Kosta Stojilkovic …

Benchmark Names Beth Wilkinson Trial Lawyer Of The Year

Wilkinson Walsh’s Work On Georgia-Pacific Case Also Recognized By Benchmark WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Litigation 2018. Benchmark Litigation also awarded Wilkinson Walsh the National Impact Case Award for its role in winning summary judgment for Georgia-Pacific in a multi-billion dollar class action in Chicago federal court alleging Sherman Act violations by the largest manufacturers in the containerboard and corrugated products industries. The Trial Lawyer of the Year award is the latest in a series of accolades honoring Beth and Wilkinson Walsh, which Benchmark named the 2017 “Boutique Firm of the Year.” Since founding Wilkinson Walsh less than two years ago, Beth has notched a string of standout trial victories, been honored and recognized for her and Wilkinson Walsh’s various successes, and built the firm into a boutique powerhouse while mentoring the next generation of trial lawyers. …

Benchmark Names Beth Wilkinson a Top 100 Trial Lawyer

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by Benchmark Litigation 2018. The award recognizes Beth’s expertise as an “elite trial strategist” and her stellar results, based on client and peer review. Since founding Wilkinson Walsh less than two years ago, Beth has notched a string of standout trial victories; she has delivered other significant results for major clients; and she has built the firm into a boutique powerhouse while mentoring the next generation of trial lawyers. The Benchmark award is the latest in a series of accolades honoring Beth and Wilkinson Walsh, which Benchmark named the 2017 “Boutique Firm of the Year.” View Benchmark’s Top 100 here. ###

Wilkinson Walsh Adds More Firepower, Including Two Supreme Court Clerks, to Associate Ranks

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh, the boutique trial litigation firm launched just eighteen months ago, announced Monday that it will add seven new attorneys to its current roster of highly skilled and accomplished associates. Two of the new hires recently finished coveted clerkships on the U.S. Supreme Court. The group will add even more firepower to the firm’s already-impressive team of diverse and talented young lawyers. No longer a start-up, the firm dubbed by Benchmark as “Boutique Law Firm of the Year,” has grown to 38 lawyers, with offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York. “We are thrilled to welcome these talented lawyers to the Wilkinson Walsh team,” said Sean Eskovitz, a founding partner of the firm. “When we started Wilkinson Walsh, we set out to build a firm that attracts top talent and helps young lawyers grow into superlative trial litigators. These seven are among the best and …

Benchmark Names Wilkinson Walsh “Boutique Firm of the Year”

WASHINGTON – Benchmark Litigation named Wilkinson Walsh the “Boutique Firm of the Year” during its annual awards ceremony in New York City. This prestigious award recognizes Wilkinson Walsh’s remarkable accomplishments in just its first year, including a high-stakes jury trial win two months after opening its doors last February and other high-profile engagements for the NFL, Pfizer, Facebook, Bayer, the NCAA, Theranos, and Medtronic. “The Benchmark award recognizes our commitment to excellence and getting results for our clients,” said founding partner Beth Wilkinson, an American Lawyer Litigator of the Year. “We have the best trial teams, with unmatched courtroom experience, ready to win more high-stakes cases across the country.” In selecting Wilkinson Walsh for this award, Benchmark described the trial-focused boutique as “emblematic of a litigator’s dream shop, boasting composite qualities of diversity, youth, and a culture fostering a work-hard-play-hard ethos that its personnel takes to heart.” With offices in …