At Arnold & Porter, we are not just litigators, we are trial lawyers. Reflecting the breadth of our litigation practice, our trial experience spans a broad spectrum of industries, substantive legal issues, and even borders. Among others, we have tried cases on behalf of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, municipalities, oil and gas companies, banks and financial services institutions, airlines, consumer product companies, and publishing houses. We have taken to verdict cases involving allegations ranging from product liability to copyright and patent infringement, insurance, bankruptcy, and breach of contract. In addition to our US trial work, our significant international arbitration practice represents sovereign nations and other international clients and our European offices boast active trial practices as well.

Our extensive hands-on trial experience informs our approach to every litigation. From the start of a matter, we focus on what will be necessary to try the case effectively. We assess early the critical legal and factual issues on which the dispute may turn, develop the best witnesses and themes possible to articulate our client's position at trial, and focus our resources where they will have the most trial impact. In many cases, that intensive preparation for trial, and our willingness and ability to take the case to trial, ultimately results in a victory on motion practice or a favorable settlement. But when a litigation does carry through to trial, we have the practical trial experience to achieve the victories our clients have come to expect.

Our trial success is evidence of the firm's long and rich tradition of representing clients in high-profile, high-stakes litigation. We know that there is no substitute for well-trained litigators with on-your-feet courtroom experience. Toward that end, we supplement our commercial trial schedule with an active pro bono trial docket. For example, we have an extensive program handling criminal defense matters for indigent defendants in DC Superior Court. Arnold & Porter lawyers at all levels of experience are now handling those matters, supported by our full-time Trial Training Counsel, who is the former Training Director for the DC Public Defender Service. Our active trial docket in these cases and in our commercial matters ensures that we can supply our clients with a litigation team that includes not only senior lawyers with trial experience, but also experienced courtroom advocates at the more junior levels.


Atlantic Richfield Co. Burton v. American Cyanamid Co. et al.

Secured jury verdict in a personal injury lawsuit under Wisconsin’s unique “risk contribution” rule.

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Holtsclaw v. Auxilium

Obtained jury verdict in bellwether trial case for multidistrict litigation involving testosterone replacement therapy.

Atlantic Richfield Co. County of Santa Clara, et al. v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al.

Successfully defended client against public nuisance claims brought by cities and counties in California.

Oakland Raiders Bruce Kebric, et al. v. Oakland Raiders

Secured unanimous jury verdict for the Raiders in age discrimination and breach of contract case.

Scott-Macon Securities, Inc. Scott-Macon Securities, Inc. v. Zoltek Companies, Inc.

Obtained a $6.6 million- judgment of damages and warrants to purchase stock in a breach of contract action against a public company for failing to pay fees owed under an exclusive placement fee agreement.



Trial Pros: Arnold & Porter's Tim Macdonald
Published in Trials Law360
Mastery In The MDL: Deposing A Science Expert
Class Action Law360, Product Liability Law360, Trials Law360
Lit Alerts—February 2016 (pdf)
A publication of the Litigation Practice Group
Lit Alerts—December 2015 (pdf)
A publication of the Litigation Practice Group
Lit Alerts—November 2015 (pdf)
A publication of the Litigation Practice Group


Litigation Powerhouse (2016)

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