We are laser-focused on our clients’ business interests and objectives working as a partner to develop and execute tailored strategies closely aligned with their business objectives. We secure solutions—whether in or out of court—to keep the business moving forward.
Litigation typically accounts for the largest part of a company’s legal spend. We never lose sight of the disruption and cost of these disputes to our clients. We control cost without compromise, collaborating with clients throughout to ensure that legal and business decisions are compatible—from early case evaluation to strategy development, budgeting and, if required, to trial.
Trial should be a last resort. We make aggressive use of early case assessment, evaluating all options including mediation, arbitration, settlement and trial to provide the most efficient and effective means possible for our clients to reach a positive outcome.
When trial is the best course of action, we assess the risk, develop a strategy, pursue aggressively and focus on a winning result.
Our winning record in cases tried to verdict or judgment is exceptional, and our record of resolving cases by dispositive motion, thus avoiding unnecessary litigation in the early stages is likewise outstanding. We are also adept at negotiating settlements and working collaboratively with other defense counsel in multiparty cases.
We regularly serve as national counsel, co-national counsel and regional counsel representing clients in federal and state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
- Texas Utility Energy Future Pushes Bankruptcy Exit Plan in Trial
Reuters | August 17, 2016
This article focuses on Energy Future Holdings Corp, Texas’s biggest power company, request of a US bankruptcy court to allow the bulk of its operations to exit Chapter 11. The coverage notes that Energy Future faces stiff opposition from a group of creditors—including NP client American Stock Transfer & Trust Co. LLC—about how tax assets would be used in the power giant’s proposed spinoff of its major operating unit as the company kicked off the first half of its second attempt to exit bankruptcy. Boston financial restructuring and bankruptcy partner Rick Pedone is quoted and Boston global finance partner Amanda Darwin, Boston commercial litigation partner George Skelly, and New York City financial restructuring and bankruptcy associate Christopher Fong are listed among American Stock’s counsel.
- DC Circ. Ruling Apt To Tilt DOI's Land-Into-Trust Tactics
Law360 | August 15, 2016
This article focuses on the Department of Interior’s interpretation of the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA). Rochester commercial litigation partner David Tennant is quoted noting his recent case in Taunton, Massachusetts, and how he believes the DC Circuit misread the IRA in its decision in a separate case.
- Cayman Court Clarifies Investor Rights in Liquidation
Law360 | August 12, 2016
Boston commercial litigation partner Jonathan Sablone and associate Kathleen Ceglarski Burns wrote this article about a recent decision in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeals confirming that shareholders who have redeemed their shares, but who have not received the redemption proceeds, have claims against the liquidating company as creditors, ranking behind ordinary unsecured creditors but ahead of continuing shareholders.