Our commercial litigation lawyers serve as primary outside counsel to the world’s largest corporations, including more than one third of the Fortune 100 and many innovative startups. With offices across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, we have the global resources to handle any commercial dispute—from business-critical contractual matters to complex consumer class actions—in courts and arbitral tribunals worldwide. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants, and frequently serve as national trial and coordinating counsel.
Clients choose Morgan Lewis because of our trial experience, depth of industry knowledge, and proven track record. In the United States, we have a continual presence in state and federal courts that enables us to serve as a comprehensive resource for commercial litigation involving a range of industries, jurisdictions, and areas of law. We are committed to understanding each client’s legal concerns in the context of the client’s specific business, industry environment, and unique demands.
Our litigators have a strong background in commercial litigation and a depth of trial experience. Always ready for trial, our lawyers represent many of the largest, most prominent companies in the world, and we have for decades.
This litigation experience is also vital when business objectives mandate that a case be settled. As counselors and negotiators, we help our clients manage risk and find alternatives to litigation if appropriate and consistent with an organization’s objectives. If litigation is unavoidable, we draw from our experience in federal and state courts throughout the United States to help us protect a client’s interests from start to finish. Although our risk management counseling works to help clients avoid litigation if possible, our preparedness for trial—as well as our successes in court—create a strategic advantage in settlement proceedings.
Our lawyers litigate in the following areas:
We make it our job to know a client’s business, its industry, and the legal and market trends affecting it. We also understand the impact that litigation can have on a company’s daily operations.
We handle cases in many industries, including:
With offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America—and more than 180 partners focused principally on dispute resolution, including dedicated teams of lawyers based in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East—Morgan Lewis has the global resources to handle commercial disputes in courts and arbitral tribunals worldwide, including those in primary offshore jurisdictions.
We counsel clients across numerous sectors in relation to some of their most complex business disputes, including in aviation, commodities, construction, energy, financial services, insurance, life sciences, retail, shipping, and technology.
Our team regularly works with local counsel in countries all over the world, including both common law and civil law jurisdictions. When necessary, we draw on those relationships throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East on behalf of our clients. This global team allows us to coordinate and manage cross-border matters while providing practical, commercial, and cost-effective advice.
Individual lawyers on our team are members of, and serve on, various international panels and committees, including:
Morgan Lewis has the global resources and dedicated teams necessary to address our clients’ global asset recovery and enforcement needs from our offices in the world’s leading financial centers of Hong Kong, London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.
We provide prelitigation counseling to identify assets for recovery to satisfy judgments; leverage our knowledge of local laws and procedures to secure those assets for satisfaction (both within and outside the insolvency context); and pursue enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards. On the defense side, we have experience challenging the enforcement of judgments and awards as well as structuring successful strategies for defendants.
Our global experience and on-the-ground work with local regulators, law enforcement, and bank compliance teams allow us to act quickly and effectively across borders to implement real-time solutions for clients that are the targets of criminal conduct. We also provide clients with the means to identify the root of fraudulently transferred funds within the international banking system.
Our knowledge of local compliance laws and banking regulations is crucial to helping clients secure and recover funds subject to wire and bank fraud and other cybercrimes. We have represented clients in recovery efforts ranging from elaborate insider schemes to basic email spoofing. We also help mitigate the “collateral damage” clients face when their accounts are frozen during investigations into fraudulent schemes by navigating them through local laws related to government asset-freezing and criminal mutual assistance treaties.