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 …

Wilkinson Walsh Continues Its Ascent in Chambers and Partners

Firm and Attorneys Moved Up the Ranks in 2020 WASHINGTON — Continuing its rapid rise, Wilkinson Walsh made a strong showing in the 2020 Chambers and Partners rankings.  Chambers recognized the firm as a litigation and products liability powerhouse, and also spotlighted three of the firm’s founding partners. In recognition of the firm’s track record of success in bet-the-company cases, Chambers moved Wilkinson Walsh up to Band 2 for General Litigation.  Additionally, for the first time, Wilkinson Walsh received recognition for success in Product Liability & Mass Torts. Chambers and Partners described Wilkinson Walsh as an “impressive litigation boutique, noted for its expert handling of complex, bet-the-company cases for leading corporate clients across a wide range of sectors, with a substantial market share in the pharmaceutical industry.” Chambers also praised Wilkinson Walsh’s “enviable bench,” including “several leading practitioners with significant federal prosecutorial and public defense experience,” as well as the …

Wilkinson Walsh Lawyers Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America List

Washington – For the second year in a row, Partners Beth Wilkinson, Alexandra Walsh, Brian Stekloff, and Kosta Stojilkovic were named to Lawdragon 500’s list of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In its 15th year, the Lawdragon 500 comprises the top legal talent across the profession. Over the last year, all four attorneys have received accolades for their industry-leading accomplishments. For example, Alexandra was named a Law360 Trials MVP of the Year, Beth Wilkinson has received the Chambers USA Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian was named to Washingtonian Magazine’s top lawyers list, and Kosta was named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 and Under Hot List. Founded in February 2016, Wilkinson Walsh has grown to nearly 45 lawyers and has quickly established itself as the leading boutique trial firm in the country. The firm has tried over a dozen cases to verdict across the country, winning the vast majority, and won several …

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 …

Chambers Recognizes Wilkinson Walsh’s Beth Wilkinson For “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession”

WASHINGTON — Wilkinson Walsh founding partner Beth Wilkinson was recognized by Chambers and Partners with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” award for exceptional achievements in litigation. Chambers wrote that “there is no shortage of acclaim for [Beth’s] exceptional handling of industry-defining disputes for international giants such as Bayer and Facebook, which sees her described by one peer as ‘the go-to person for any trial you’d have.’” Peer litigators described Beth as “one of the finest trial lawyers in the country today” and “truly extraordinary,” with Chambers noting that “she stands out for consistently achieving excellence in all settings.” “I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition from Chambers,” said Wilkinson. “This award is possible only because of standout work by the entire Wilkinson Walsh team, who consistently deliver impressive results for all of our clients.” Since founding Wilkinson Walsh four years ago, Wilkinson has notched a string …

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

WASHINGTON — Law360 featured Wilkinson Walsh 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 has …

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 …