Super Lawyers Advisory Board


The Super Lawyers Board of Advisors is composed of attorneys who embody excellence in practice. The board, which provides counsel, feedback and editorial ideas, includes lawyers from across the country and of varied firm sizes, who have consistently appeared at the top of the Super Lawyers lists.



Steven F. Molo
MoloLamken LLP
New York, New York

Steven F. Molo is a partner in the national litigation boutique MoloLamken, LLP. Mr. Molo maintains an active trial and appellate practice representing corporations, boards of directors, funds, special committees, and individuals in complex business litigation, regulatory matters and white collar criminal matters throughout the United States and abroad. He began his career as a prosecutor in Chicago, he then practiced with Winston & Strawn for 18 years, before spending five and a half years as a litigation partner with the Wall Street firm Shearman & Sterling.

Mr. Molo regularly tries civil and criminal cases before juries and judges. He has extensive experience in post-trial and appellate advocacy as well and is retained frequently to assist a client after an adverse result has occurred in a trial court.

Mr. Molo speaks and writes extensively on the subjects of business litigation, corporate criminal liability, and trial and appellate advocacy. He has commented on legal topics for CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other news media. He has taught or lectured at Northwestern University Law School, Loyola University of Chicago Law School, John Marshall Law School, SMU Law School, William & Mary Law School, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is co-author of Corporate Internal Investigations, the leading treatise on the subject.

Mr. Molo is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Molo received his J.D. in 1982 from the University of Illinois College of Law. He received his B.S. in 1979 from the University of Illinois College of Communications.


David J. Beck
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, Texas

David J. Beck, along with Joe Redden and Ron Secrest, founded Beck, Redden & Secrest, L.L.P. in January, 1992. He was formerly a senior partner of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Beck is a very active trial lawyer and has been throughout his professional career. He has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the United States, and one of the top trial lawyers in the Southwest. After a poll of Texas lawyers in 2002, he was listed by the Texas Lawyer as one of the “Go To Lawyers For Lawyers In Trouble.”  In November of 2003 – 2009, a statewide survey published in Texas Monthly Magazine named him to Texas’ “Top 10 Super Lawyers” list.  He has been named one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Woodward & White since the inception of the publication in 1990.  Most recently, the “Best Lawyers” publication named him Houston “2009 Lawyer of the Year” in “Bet-the Company” litigation.

He recently served as President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2006-07). He has been named a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Beck served as President of the State Bar of Texas in 1995-96.

Mr. Beck has published numerous law journal articles and has appeared as a lecturer on many bar association and law school continuing legal education programs.  He has won various awards for his legal writing.


Michael V. Ciresi
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Michael Ciresi, one of the country’s top trial lawyers, began his legal career with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. in 1970, when he was hired as a clerk. In the years following, Mr. Ciresi moved up through the firm’s ranks. He is a named partner, served as a member of the firm’s Executive Board for 25 years, and was elected Chairman from 1995 through 2008, when he stepped down.

Mr. Ciresi, who focuses his practice on representing individuals, corporations and government entities in the areas of product liability, intellectual property, business and commercial litigation.  He has taught and lectured nationally and internationally to various professional and business groups. His clients have included the plaintiffs in the Dalkon Shield, Cu7 and Mirapex cases; the government of India as well as representing General Mills Inc., Carlson Companies, Unocal, 3M, Honeywell, Medtronic, and Pitney Bowes, Inc., to name a few.  His most historic case occurred when he represented the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota against the tobacco industry which led to a $7 billion settlement.

Mr. Ciresi has received numerous accolades for his professional accomplishments, including: ranked #1 in Minnesota for Litigation: General Commercial and Intellectual Property in Chambers USA (2008-2010); listed in “Minnesota’s Legal Hall of Fame: The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in State History” by Minnesota Law & Politics (2007); awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Minnesota Association for Justice; named as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal (1997, 2000, 2006); and listed in Best Lawyers in America (1989-2009).

Actively involved in community affairs, Mr. Ciresi sits on the Board of Directors for various organizations, including Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Public Radio International, the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, St. Thomas Academy, and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He is also Board President and Chairman of the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Foundation for Children, which he was instrumental in establishing in 1998 when the firm donated a gift of $30 million to The Minneapolis Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to support Minnesota children in the areas of education, advocacy, and protection from abuse, while promoting equal opportunities.

Mr. Ciresi attended law school at the University of Minnesota Law School and in 2001 an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred upon him by Southwestern University School of Law.


Mark Lanier
The Lanier Law Firm
Houston, Texas

W. Mark Lanier founded The Lanier Law Firm in 1990. Since then, Lanier has earned widespread recognition as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. His work for clients across the country is supported by firm offices in Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Palo Alto, Calif.

Lanier’s stunning verdict in the nation’s first Vioxx trial led the editors of Texas Lawyer newspaper to name him the “Impact Player of the Year” in 2005. He previously earned accolades for earning a sizeable verdict for a small oil company in a business fraud case against Amoco Production Co., one of the nation’s largest oil providers. Lanier also is credited with winning one of the largest asbestos verdicts in U.S. history on behalf of 21 Alabama steelworkers.

Mark Lanier consistently is recognized among the country’s leading legal minds by his peers and the media. The National Law Journal named him one of nation’s Top 10 Trial Attorneys in 1998 and 2006, the same year the publication named Lanier as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In 2010, The National Law Journal named Mark as one of the most Influential Attorneys of the Decade. He has earned similar honors from other publications, including The American Lawyer and Texas Monthly. He was further recognized by being included in Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America for 2010. In its coverage of Lanier’s stunning verdict in the nation’s first Vioxx trial, The New York Times described him as “one of the top civil trial lawyers in America . . .”

In addition to national recognition, Lanier also has earned accolades from his peers in Texas. In a statewide attorney survey published in Texas Monthly magazine, Lanier has earned selection to the “Texas Super Lawyers” list in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2002, Texas Lawyer newspaper named Lanier as one of the Top 5 “Go To” Personal Injury Plaintiff Attorneys in Texas. The same publication also recognized him as the Top Personal Injury Lawyer in Texas in 2007.  Most recently they named Mark as one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Past Quarter Century.

Lanier earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1984, and he remains on the school’s Foundation Board. He founded the nonprofit Christian Trial Lawyers Association, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors for the prestigious National Center for State Courts.

He and his wife, Becky, have five children.


Thomas W. Malone
Malone Law
Atlanta, Georgia

Thomas “Tommy” Malone is a recognized pioneer in obtaining just awards for victims of careless physicians, tractor trailer drivers, pilots, as well as the manufacturers of dangerous products. His multitude of million-dollar jury verdicts include a record-setting $45 million verdict, which changed the way managed care providers operate, and a verdict in excess of $49 million for a 23-year old pre-med student who suffered traumatic brain injuries as the result of a tractor-trailer wreck.  Tommy is the former President of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, and has held leadership positions with prestigious legal organizations in Georgia, as well as the International Society of Barristers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Association for Justice. Some of Tommy’s Honors and Achievements include: Tradition of Excellence Award, State Bar of Georgia, 1999; Pursuit of Justice Award, American Bar Association/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2004; Trial Lawyer of the Year, Melvin M. Belli Society, 2001; Compassionate Gladiator Award, Florida Justice Association, 2009; Warhorse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA), February 1996; and STLA has honored Tommy by naming an annual award after him — the Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award.


Joseph S. Friedberg
Joseph S. Friedberg, Chartered
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Joe Friedberg has been practicing criminal and white collar defense law for more than forty years. His practice has taken him into Federal and State Courts through much of the United States. He has been elected to fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates and is the 2010 President of the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers where he occupied a position on the Board of Governors and the executive committee for many years.

In his career Joe has tried some of the highest profile criminal cases in the history of the State of Minnesota and was recently named as one of the one hundred most influential lawyers in the history of the state. He has represented major corporations, CEO's, Police Officers and some of the most well known professional athletes.  He estimates that he has actually tried between two hundred and fifty and three hundred felony jury trials. He has also tried a number of complex civil cases and at one time was lead counsel in the Breland class action arising out of the A.H. Robins bankruptcy.

His unique approach to the practice of criminal law has made him a well known talk radio and TV guest in the Twin Cities.


Nancy S. Shilepsky
Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP
Boston, Massachusetts

Nancy S. Shilepsky is co-managing partner of Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2000, Ms. Shilepsky has been a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She represents primarily executives and professionals across a wide range of industries, and is well known for her pioneering work in wrongful termination and employment discrimination. Her many accolades include the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MLCE) Scholar-Mentor Award, the Massachusetts Bar and Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Associations Kevin Larkin Memorial Award for Public Service, and the Boston University School of Law Women's Law Association annual Alumnae Award. In 2009, Ms. Shilepsky was listed by Law & Politics/Boston magazine on the Top 10 Super Lawyers list in Massachusetts and one of the Top 100 in New England. She has been named both a “Lawyer of the Year” and a “Top Woman Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW), and was featured in MLW’s  2004 “Power Issue.”  In 2010, Chambers USA named Ms. Shilepsky a Leader in the Field of Executive Compensation; and she was designated as a member of the Lawdragon national Top 3000.  Ms. Shilepsky served as co-chair of the Women’s Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Task Force for many years, resigning in 2010, and she co-founded (and continues to co-facilitate) the Amicus Group. Ms. Shilepsky is co-author of Representing a Plaintiff in a Wrongful Termination Case and co-editor of Massachusetts Employment Law.  She has served as Treasurer of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), on the MLW Board of Editors, and as Chair of MCLE’s Employment Law Curriculum Advisory Committee and Chair of the BBA Labor and Employment Law Section.


Linda A. Klein
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Atlanta, Georgia

Linda A. Klein is managing shareholder in the Firm's Georgia offices and a member of the Firm's Board of Directors. Her practice includes most types of business dispute resolution.

In June 1997, Ms. Klein became the first woman to serve as President of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Klein recently concluded her 2010-2012 term as Chair of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, the 2nd highest ranking office in the Association. Through the years she has chaired many ABA committees and continues her American Bar Association service as Chair of ABA Day, member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law and serves on the Board of Editors of the Law Practice Management Magazine. She currently holds numerous Board of Director positions and also serves on the advisory boards of Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers.

Ms. Klein has been selected to the Georgia Super Lawyers list annually since 2004, and has also been included as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia. Among her many honors are the prestigious Margaret Brent Achievement Award, awarded by the ABA, and the Randolph Thrower Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Klein is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Who's Who in America and Chambers USA.

Ms. Klein has authored numerous published works, most on construction topics. Her lecture schedule has included presentations in France, Sweden, Spain, Canada and Russia, and the Southeast United States. She is a member of the American Law Institute, and a mediator and arbitrator.


Roy Black
Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, PA
Miami, Florida

Roy Black, senior partner of Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf, is one of the nation's premier trial lawyers. With 40+ years’ experience in criminal defense, he also handles select civil lawsuits, offering a complete service in high-stakes cases.  Included for the past 23 years in Best Lawyers in America®, he has handled hundreds of cases in Florida and the US. Ranked top in Chambers and Partners, inducted into Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite Hall of Fame,” and listed in “Top 10 Florida Super Lawyers,” Mr. Black was a legal analyst for NBC’s “Today Show,” and often appears on other major network and cable news shows, explaining newsworthy legal cases. He authored Black's Law, a book that recounts his legal strategies to safeguard the freedom of four clients, and has taught advanced criminal evidence at UM Law School for over 30 years.


Thomas V. Girardi
Girardi | Keese
Los Angeles, California

Thomas Girardi, a partner in Girardi|Keese, has been practicing law since 1965.  Mr. Girardi specializes in commercial litigation, product liability law, toxic torts, and bad faith cases. He is an associate professor for Loyola Law School, and was the youngest member to ever be admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 500 lawyers in the world. He was president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers 2005 to 2006. Among Mr. Girardi's other associations, he is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization limited to 100 lawyers in the country who have obtained the largest verdicts in the United States.  In 2010, he was honored the “Compassionate Gladiator”, one of three lawyers in the United States. He is the past national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" for 20 years and the "Daily Journal's" top lawyers in California since the list was first printed. In 2002, he was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Powerful Attorneys” in Los Angeles.  He was inducted into the “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame” by the California State Bar in 2003. With this presentation, he joined eleven other lawyers in the State who have been so honored since the award was first presented. He was awarded for his outstanding public support for the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2004 Ted Horn Memorial Award from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and was just inducted into their 2008 Hall of Fame. He is listed in 2008 Benchmark’s America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.  In a recent survey of 65,000 lawyers to determine the finest lawyer in California, he was the highest vote-getter. He has been appointed to the Judicial Council of California by Chief Justice Ronald M. George.  He is the recipient of the Irish American Bar Association’s Daniel O’Connell Award and the Italian American Bar Association’s Champion of Justice Award. He’s on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of California-Irvine, School of Law.  At the Litigation Counsel of America’s Fall Conference 2008, he was inducted as a fellow.  Fellowship in this organization is highly selective and by invitation only.  He is a member of the 2008-2009 Order of Distinguished Attorneys of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is currently a trustee of the National Judicial College, serves on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board and 2010 National Advisory Board Member of the Association of the Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.


Diana K. Carey
Karr Tuttle Campbell
Seattle, Washington

Diana K. Carey is a shareholder at Karr Tuttle Campbell and currently chairs the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency Practice Group. She also is serving a second term on the firm’s Board of Directors.  Ms. Carey focuses her practice on bankruptcies and receiverships.  She represents purchasers, landlords, and creditors in contested bankruptcy matters, including relief from the automatic stay, assumption of executory contracts and avoidance actions. She has been a chapter 11 trustee in several high profile cases involving ponzi schemes.  She has been a driving force in the state court receivership arena, including being a receiver and representing receivers in over 125 cases, ranging from gas stations to large commercial enterprises.  She is a frequent presenter on insolvency-related topics at CLEs.

Ms. Carey has received numerous accolades for her professional accomplishments, including recognition in Chamber and Partners USA, a Super Lawyer in Washington Law & Politics since 1999 (including among Top 50 Female Super Lawyers since 2005 and Top 100 Attorneys in Washington since 2008), Washington CEO Magazine, Seattle Met Top Lawyers and other local publications.

Her bar activities include being a trustee and former President of King County Bar Foundation, trustee of King County Bar Association, trustee and former President of Consumer Education and Training Services (a nonprofit that provides financial education and money management), among others.  Actively involved in community affairs, she currently serves as President of Seattle Chamber Music Society, and has formerly served on the boards of several music organizations and community service groups.  

A three-time graduate of the University of Washington (Bachelors, M.L.S. and J.D.), she was on the Washington Law Review and Order of the Coif.  She has also served on the boards of the UW Law School’s Foundation and Alumni Association.


Gary P. Naftalis
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
New York, New York

Gary Naftalis is co-chair of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP where he heads the firm’s extensive litigation practice. One of the nation’s leading trial lawyers, Gary was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. For some 40 years, he has represented individuals and corporations including prominent securities industry clients in complex bet-the-company civil, criminal, and regulatory matters.  Mr. Naftalis also has served as counsel to audit and special committees of major public companies in connection with regulatory issues.

Mr. Naftalis successfully defended Michael Eisner, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, in the shareholders derivative lawsuit relating to the hiring and termination of Michael Ovitz; and Kenneth Langone, former chair of the New York Stock Exchange Compensation Committee, in the lawsuit brought by then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer relating to the compensation of NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso.  He recently successfully represented the City of New York in the inquiry relating to the fire at the Deutsche Bank building.

Gary received his AB from Rutgers University, his MA from Brown University, and his LLB from Columbia Law School where he was a member of the Law Review.  After clerking for Judge William B. Herlands, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York holding the title of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

He has been a lecturer at Columbia Law School and was a member of the faculty of Harvard Law School. Mr. Naftalis is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles, including the leading work on the grand jury system – The Grand Jury: An Institution on Trial (with Judge Marvin E. Frankel).


Thomas R. Kline
Kline & Specter, P.C.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas R. Kline is a founding partner with Shanin Specter in the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter, P.C., practicing in the area of catastrophic personal injury and mass tort litigation. Kline is the immediate past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers.” Kline, who has a litany of professional accolades, has been voted for seven consecutive years (2004-2010) as the Super Lawyers top point getter in Pennsylvania. He has been described as "the leading personal injury plaintiffs' lawyer in Pennsylvania," and by the National Law Journal, where he is in the Winners Hall of Fame, as one of the America’s top litigators. Kline has scores of seven- and eight-figure jury verdicts and settlements, and has been featured in hundreds of national and local TV appearances, magazine and newspaper articles. Kline was described by The Wall Street Journal as a “key player” in the national Vioxx litigation, and by the Philadelphia Inquirer in an editorial as "the high-powered plantiffs' attorney...who has won a number of eight-figure awards for clients injured or killed due to negligence or incompetence by businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit health-care providers." Kline received an A.B. from Albright College, an M.A. from Lehigh University, and a J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law, and has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni award from both his college and law school.


David E. Keltner
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Fort Worth, Texas

David E. Keltner is a partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth, Texas, where he heads the firm’s appellate practice group. Formerly a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals, Mr. Keltner has been widely recognized for his appellate accomplishments, demonstrated by the fact that his legal writings have been frequently cited, with approval, by Texas courts. He has been honored as a Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Association and a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Over the years, the Texas Supreme Court has appointed Mr. Keltner to a number of its committees, including the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, chair of the Texas Supreme Court Discovery Task Force, and the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Professionalism. Mr. Keltner has also been active in service to the legal profession: He was chair of the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas in 2000 and he has served as chair of the Litigation Section and chair of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He has shared his expertise in multiple publications and speeches.


Stacy D. Phillips
Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation
Los Angeles, California

Stacy D. Phillips, an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, is a Certified Family Law Specialist and founder and Managing Principal of Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation, a full-service family law firm in Los Angeles.  Ms. Phillips represents business executives, entrepreneurs, sports, entertainment, political and religious figures and other high net worth individuals. She is the author of the book, Divorce: It’s All About Control – How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars, now in its sixth printing. A staunch supporter of victims' rights, Ms. Phillips co-authored Senate Bill 924 which extended the statute of limitations period for victims of domestic violence to sue their abusers in civil court.

She has been a columnist for numerous trade publications and has appeared on CNN’s Headline News, MSNBC’s Live, NBC’s the Today show and Nightly News with Brian Williams. Highly regarded in the legal industry, Ms. Phillips is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, included in Southern California Super Lawyers on the list of “Top 10”, “Top 50 Women” and “Top 100,” and designated as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon. The Recorder acknowledged Ms. Phillips on its list of “Women Leaders in Law” for her champion networking abilities and for mastering the art of creating relationships. Los Angeles Times has featured Ms. Phillips as one of “Los Angeles Women Leaders in the Law” and Los Angeles Business Journal honored her “Best of the Bar” and one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law”. In recognition of her superior expertise and stellar track record in the practice of family law, the Daily Journal has named Ms. Phillips as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” since the inception of the award. Additionally, The Century City Bar Associated named her Family Law Attorney of the Year in 2009 and in 2006, she was presented with a Certificate of Commendation from the city of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Ms. Phillips, along with members of her firm, founded the “Adopt-A-Center” charitable program in 1999, which selects a different local charity to assist for a 12-month period, offering hands-on involvement and fundraising support. She has served on numerous philanthropic boards concerned with issues affecting children and their families.  Ms. Phillips is on the Board of Directors of Legal Momentum and is the former Co-Chair of the California Leadership Council of Legal Momentum.  She is also currently a member of the National Partnership of Women & Families. Presently, Ms. Phillips is on the Board of Ambassadors of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services and she sits on the Board of Trustees of Affordable Living for the Aging. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Trusteeship.

Ms. Phillips graduated from Dartmouth College, cum laude, and received her juris doctorate from Columbia University School of Law.


Morgan Chu
Irell & Manella LLP
Los Angeles, California

Mr. Chu is a partner of the law firm Irell & Manella LLP.  Chambers has described Mr. Chu as "beyond doubt the most gifted trial lawyer in the USA" who "delivers staggering results for clients."  Mr. Chu was one of 40 selected as "The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers", and named "One of the Top Ten Trial Lawyers" and named "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the nation by the National Law Journal

Mr. Chu was lead trial counsel in cases with over $4.3 billion in jury verdicts and settlements, including:

  • City of Hope v. Genentech – The jury verdict was the largest damage award ever affirmed on appeal by California courts.  More than $565 million was paid by the defendant.
  • TiVo v. EchoStar, et al. – Over $1.6 billion in judgments and settlements including over $600 million paid by EchoStar after the jury verdict and post-trial proceedings;  TiVo v. Motorola and TiVo v. Cisco – $490 million; TiVo v. AT&T – $215 million; TiVo v. Verizon – $250 million, plus future royalties.
  • Stac Electronics v. Microsoft – $120 million jury verdict.
  • Immersion v. Sony – After the jury verdict of $82 million, plaintiff was paid more than $150 million.
  • Texas Instruments v. Samsung – Settlement over $1 billion from ITC and district court actions (co-lead counsel).

Mr. Chu was lead counsel for the defendants in one of the "Top Defense Verdicts" for 2010, Linear Technology v. Novellus Systems, and 2005, for Ultratech Stepper Inc. v. ASML.

Mr. Chu is a member of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel (since 1993) and its Executive Committee (since 1995).  Public Counsel is the nation's largest pro bono public-interest law firm.


Carter G. Phillips
Sidley Austin LLP
Washington, Washington DC

Carter G. Phillips is the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  He served as a law clerk to both Judge Robert Sprecher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Phillips served as Assistant to the Solicitor General for three years, during which time he argued nine cases on behalf of the federal government in the United States Supreme Court.  Since joining Sidley Austin LLP, Mr. Phillips has argued 59 cases in the Supreme Court and his career total of 68 appearances before this Court is the most of any lawyer in private practice, and he has argued over 80 cases in the federal courts of appeals.  Mr. Phillips is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  His practice is devoted almost exclusively to appellate matters.  In September 2007, Mr. Phillips received the Lewis F. Powell Award for Business Advocacy from the National Chamber Litigation Center, the public policy law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  In 2008 the Legal Times named him one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years”.  In March 2010 he was named one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in Appellate Law by the National Law Journal.

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