Wilkinson Walsh’s Pro Bono Program Highly Commended at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chambers and Partners selected Wilkinson Walsh as Highly Commended in the Pro Bono Program of the Year Category at its annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards: North America 2020. This is the second year in a row that Chambers and Partners has recognized Wilkinson Walsh’s acclaimed pro bono program. In July 2020, Chambers shortlisted Wilkinson Walsh as an outstanding firm for diversity and inclusion and as one of its private practice pro bono programs of the year.  Chambers then specifically recognized Wilkinson Walsh as operating one of the two best pro bono programs out of all law firms in the entire country, large and small. “Since the beginning, we have been committed to pro bono and to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity at achieving fair and equal justice,” said Partner Tamarra Matthews Johnson. “We are honored to be recognized by Chambers and Partners for our outstanding pro …

Wilkinson Walsh Co-Founder and Partner Alexandra Walsh Inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers

Alexandra Walsh, partner and co-founder of Wilkinson Walsh, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional trial organization in North America. “I am incredibly honored to be inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers,” said Founding Partner Alexandra Walsh. “It is humbling to be recognized among a group of highly respected attorneys. Thank you to our clients and the Wilkinson Walsh team for their continued support.” Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of …

Wilkinson Walsh Named Top Litigation Boutique by Vault for Third Consecutive Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vault named Wilkinson Walsh the sixth best Litigation Boutique Law Firm for the third consecutive year in its “2021 Best Law Firm by Practice Area” rankings. Among all midsize firms in the country, Wilkinson Walsh ranked as the third best firm for compensation and selectivity and fifth best firm for diversity and pro bono work. Wilkinson Walsh is the top ranked DC-based firm by Vault in the compensation and selectivity categories. “We are honored to be selected again as one of Vault’s top Litigation Boutique Firms, and particularly proud of our rankings on diversity and pro bono,” said Wilkinson Walsh Partner Brian Stekloff. “Those have been among our central priorities since our founding and we are always pushing to improve.” Vault previously recognized Wilkinson Walsh’s excellence in several other categories including selecting Wilkinson Walsh 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 …

Wilkinson Walsh Partners Alex Walsh And James Rosenthal Named National Law Journal Winning Litigators

WASHINGTON –Wilkinson Walsh Partners Alex Walsh and James Rosenthal were named 2020 National Law Journal Winning Litigators. The attorneys named to this year’s list are described by the National Law Journal as “conquerors of the courtroom” who have tackled “some of the most widely watched cases of the year.” Alex and James were recognized for their roles in obtaining a complete defense verdict for Bayer in a class action alleging misrepresentations related to One-A-Day multivitamins. James led the legal strategy and Alex led the trial team.   The National Law Journal also reported Alex and James’ trial tips, found here and below. Tell us about your biggest win from January 2019 through June 2020 and how you achieved the result for your client. Alex Walsh and James Rosenthal won a complete defense victory in a certified consumer class action alleging Bayer misrepresented the benefits of One-A-Day multivitamins. Rosenthal led a …

Missouri Department of Corrections Required to Provide Lifesaving Hepatitis C Treatment to Thousands Behind Bars

Wilkinson Walsh, ACLU of Missouri, and Macarthur Justice Center reach landmark settlement requiring Hepatitis C treatment and education Washington, D.C. – Today, Wilkinson Walsh LLP announced a landmark settlement, ensuring that people incarcerated in Missouri’s prisons will receive life-saving Hepatitis C treatment and education. Wilkinson Walsh brought its trial expertise to the case after class certification was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit, joining the ACLU of Missouri and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center to litigate the case in district court for the plaintiffs and achieve a successful resolution.  In June 2019, Wilkinson Walsh and its co-counsel filed a motion for preliminary injunction, seeking to require the Missouri Department of Corrections and its private medical services contractor, Corizon LLC, to begin treating class members immediately.  The Wilkinson Walsh team recruited a roster of credentialed experts from around the country to offer evidence in support of Plaintiffs’ motion.  At a …

Wilkinson Walsh Partner Kieran Gostin Named National Law Journal D.C. Rising Star

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh Partner Kieran Gostin was named a 2020 National Law Journal D.C. Rising Star. One of 40 honorees, Kieran was recognized for his role on a trial team that won a defense victory for Bayer in a $600 million certified consumer class action lawsuit and his role in the Farar case, where he successfully cross-examined Plaintiffs’ Florida class representative, one of the four witnesses that testified at trial. The award honors attorneys ranging from a variety of practice areas—from appellate to First Amendment to international trade—representing high-profile clients and securing victories. In a Q&A with the National Law Journal, Kieran outlined his biggest accomplishments, most valuable lesson learned, mentorship, and the key to his success. His responses can be found here and below. Describe your biggest win or accomplishment in practice. A defense verdict in a consumer class action about multivitamin advertising. Our client knew it was …

Wilkinson Walsh Shortlisted for Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020

Firm Recognized for Pro Bono Program and for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion WASHINGTON — Chambers and Partners recognized Wilkinson Walsh as an outstanding firm for diversity and inclusion and as one of its private practice pro bono programs of the year. This is the second year in a row that Chambers and Partners has recognized Wilkinson Walsh’s acclaimed pro bono program. Now a 39-lawyer, majority-women-owned powerhouse, Wilkinson Walsh was founded on a commitment to developing the next generation of trial lawyers with a comprehensive focus on diversity and inclusion. Nearly 60 percent of the firm’s lawyers — including both name partners and five of its eleven partners overall — are women. Founding Partner Alexandra Walsh applauded Chambers’ decision, stating, “Since our founding, we have worked hard to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive working environment. Every one of the our trial teams has featured a woman or attorney of …

Wilkinson Walsh Partner Moira Penza Named Law360 Rising Star for Trials

Washington – Wilkinson Walsh Partner Moira Penza was named one of Law360’s 2020 Rising Stars.  The award recognizes Moira as a lawyer “under 40 whose accomplishments transcend” her age and describes how she “knocked it out of the park last summer when she prosecuted the leader of a shadowy New York self-help group [Nxivm] for sex trafficking in a six-week trial, then went to private practice and was hired to lead Allergan into an antitrust battle.” In an interview with Law360, Moira discussed her role as lead prosecutor in the Nixvm case and the challenges she faced during trial.  “Managing that role in a case that I was so invested in, having brought it from start to finish and having come to care for the women who had been victimized, [was] really like being thrown in the deep end.  So when I survived and it could not have gone better …

Wilkinson Walsh Wins Early Release for Client in Pro Bono Compassionate Release Case

Washington, D.C. — Wilkinson Walsh associates Meghan Cleary, Jenna Pavelec, and Matthew Skanchy, with assistance from partner Rakesh Kilaru, associate Betsy Henthorne, and paralegals David Walsh and Jack Satti, recently secured the early release from prison of their pro bono client Steven Pantoja, after he had been incarcerated for almost 30 years. Mr. Pantoja, now 46, had been in custody since he was just 17 years old when Wilkinson Walsh’s successful efforts in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia led to a reduction of Mr. Pantoja’s sentence and his prompt release from prison to rejoin his family. The Wilkinson Walsh team had sought emergency relief under the First Step Act, which allows federal courts to grant early release from prison where “extraordinary and compelling” reasons support a sentence reduction.  In their emergency motion, Wilkinson Walsh forcefully argued that “extraordinary and compelling” reasons supported Mr. Pantoja’s …

American Lawyer Highlights Wilkinson Walsh Amicus Brief Following Landmark SCOTUS Ruling

WASHINGTON — Following the Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, the American Lawyer highlighted an amicus brief filed by Wilkinson Walsh litigators Chanakya Sethi, Angela Cai, and Rakesh Kilaru. The ruling was a major victory for LGBT employees, recognizing that they are protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. AmLaw quoted Wilkinson Walsh’s brief, featuring it among “a stellar crop of briefs from many of the top law firms in the country.” Wilkinson Walsh filed the brief on behalf of a group of nine leading historians who focus on the history of gender, sexuality, and law in the United States. The brief showcased original research by the historians demonstrating that LGBT individuals brought claims seeking protection under Title VII’s ban on discrimination “because of sex” shortly after the law was enacted, and that some officials …