Civil Litigation

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"Richards Kibbe should have been on your list a long time ago. They have excellent people, and litigation is a specialty.” - Benchmark Litigation

RK&O's Civil Litigation group maintains one of the nation’s premier practices for clients facing unusually challenging, high-stakes legal disputes.

While each of our litigation engagements raises unique questions, the reasons that clients turn to us are constant: we are seasoned and aggressive trial lawyers and thoughtful legal and business counselors. Of course, clients also turn to us because we get results. For Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, we obtained dismissal of a claim arising from the financing of the rebuilding of the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina and then successfully defended the dismissal before the Second Circuit. In the GSC Group bankruptcy case, we obtained judgment for unsecured creditors following a bench-trial concerning highly-publicized claims of fraud and disclosure violations asserted against GSC’s financial advisor. We also successfully represented Oracle Real Estate Holdings LLC, a private investment fund, in a fight for control over a real estate development company that owned several hundred million dollars of commercial and residential property.  more +

Consistent with the firm’s prominence in the financial services industry, our clients—such as Black Diamond, Morgan Stanley and ICAP—include commercial banks, investment banks, hedge funds, investment advisors, broker-dealers and insurance companies. Our clients have entrusted us on a wide range of complex matters, with an emphasis on securities, corporate governance, competition, executive compensation, and creditors’ and shareholders’ rights. Our engagements regularly require us to appear in federal, state, bankruptcy and appellate courts throughout the United States.

We frequently work with our nationally-recognized regulatory and criminal practice groups to formulate and advise on litigation strategy in the context of parallel proceedings in ways our peers cannot.

The deep experience of our litigators—coupled with the broader capabilities of the firm—gives us an unusual ability to assess litigation and business risk. We offer risk assessment in various ways, including by evaluating potential litigation risks associated with investments or other business decisions, in order to minimize or avoid the prospect of future legal disputes altogether, and by advising on litigation and distressed arbitrage positions and opportunities.