By Y. Peter Kang
To become a litigation powerhouse, a deep bench of litigators and talented trial lawyers are par for the course, but what are the most important qualities that have enabled the top 20 Litigation Powerhouses to dominate the courtroom in bet-the-company cases?
“For the most successful litigation firms, I think you’ll find a culture where there is a lot of collaboration, where teamwork is rewarded,” said Michael Rynowecer, president of BTI Consulting Group Inc. “There aren’t a lot of silos, the powerhouses want to make sure they capture all the ideas and nuances they can and not only leave no stone unturned — they want to find new stones.”
“Winning at trial is only half the battle,” said Jon Lindsey, New York founding partner of legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa. “Some of the biggest awards in history have been overturned on appeal, so it’s extremely important to have appellate specialists who can counsel you along the way as a trial lawyer to avoid the landmines that will lead to a reversal in the appellate courts.”