Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Adds More Firepower, Including Two Supreme Court Clerks, to Associate Ranks

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, the boutique trial litigation firm launched just eighteen months ago, announced Monday that it will add seven new attorneys to its current roster of highly skilled and accomplished associates. Two of the new hires recently finished coveted clerkships on the U.S. Supreme Court. The group will add even more firepower to the firm’s already-impressive team of diverse and talented young lawyers. No longer a start-up, the firm dubbed by Benchmark as “Boutique Law Firm of the Year,” has grown to 38 lawyers, with offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York. “We are thrilled to welcome these talented lawyers to the Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz team,” said Sean Eskovitz, a founding partner of the firm. “When we started WW+E, we set out to build a firm that attracts top talent and helps young lawyers grow into superlative trial litigators. These seven are among …

Wilkinson Walsh Secures Victory in D.C. Child Custody Trial

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Washington, D.C. – On August 11, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz associates won a pro bono custody case in D.C. Superior Court, securing primary residential custody and tiebreaker legal custody for our client over her two young children. WW+E’s client separated from her husband two years ago after suffering months of domestic abuse. In January 2017, her ex-husband (the Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit in which he sought primary custody of their two children, falsely claiming that she had effectively kidnapped the children when she moved from the District of Columbia to Maryland without giving him notice. WW+E took on this representation as part of its ongoing partnership with the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project. At trial, the WW+E team developed an evidentiary record proving that it was not in the children’s best interest for the Plaintiff to have primary custody. WW+E presented five witnesses, including an expert, who established that the Plaintiff’s lack …

Wilkinson Walsh Wins Two High Stakes Antitrust Cases in Two Months for Georgia-Pacific and the NFL

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz has won two major antitrust cases before trial for Georgia Pacific LLC and the National Football League. On August 3, WW+E won summary judgment for Georgia Pacific LLC in an antitrust class action lawsuit involving over $10 billion in claimed damages.  The court’s decision came just one day after it preliminarily approved a settlement in which Georgia Pacific’s co-defendants agreed to pay over $350 million. Plaintiffs in this case were direct purchasers of containerboard products who claimed that Georgia Pacific and several other major containerboard producers conspired to restrict the supply of containerboard, and thus increase its price, between 2004 and 2010.   After the district court certified Plaintiffs’ proposed class, Georgia Pacific hired WW+E to handle all aspects of summary judgment briefing and trial. The WW+E team, led by Beth Wilkinson, Alexandra Walsh, and Brant Bishop, developed an evidentiary record focused on Plaintiffs’ …

Vault Names Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz One Of The Best Midsize Firms To Work For

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today was named by Vault as one of the best midsize firms to work for, in the publication’s new 2018 Midsize Quality of Life Rankings and Top 150 Under 150 list. Coming in at #6 overall, WW+E boasted strong marks in all categories in the review including compensation, diversity, firm culture, quality of life, and overall satisfaction. “We joined together to launch a different kind of firm, one that successfully serves our clients with tight-knit teams of smart, innovative, and highly skilled litigators committed to delivering excellent results,” said founding partner Beth Wilkinson. “Our record in courtrooms across the country speaks for itself and our commitment to training the next generation of trial lawyers by giving them early responsibility will ensure that we continue to excel.” The Midsize Quality of Life rankings are based on the results of a survey distributed to associates at …

NCAA Taps Beth Wilkinson as Lead Trial Counsel for Jenkins case

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NCAA has hired Beth Wilkinson and Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz to lead the trial team in Jenkins v. NCAA, a class action antitrust suit challenging NCAA rules preserving amateurism for student-athletes. In a press release announcing the engagement, NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said, “Beth’s unparalleled track record of success throughout her career in high-profile cases, as well as her past representations in antitrust matters and of the sports and higher education communities, make her especially well-suited to lead the defense of the association as the litigation proceeds. We welcome Beth and her colleagues to the team of talented attorneys from Skadden representing the Association, as well as the excellent counsel representing the NCAA conferences.” For more on this announcement read here.  Contact: media@wilkinsonwalsh.com

Wilkinson Walsh Secures Second Decisive Victory for Bayer in Xarelto Trial

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz won the second bellwether trial on June 12, 2017 in the multi-district litigation over the blood thinner Xarelto. Beth Wilkinson, a founding partner of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, led the defense to victory on behalf of Bayer and Janssen in the second of four bellwether trials in the MDL. The complete defense verdict came just two hours after closing arguments. This latest victory comes just six weeks after Wilkinson obtained a complete defense verdict in the first bellwether trial in the litigation. The lawsuit alleged that Bayer, and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, were liable for claims that the Xarelto label did not adequately instruct doctors on how to minimize the risk of bleeding associated with the anticoagulant Xarelto. In this trial, the plaintiff passed away due to a brain bleed. Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz represented Bayer, with Beth Wilkinson serving …

Beth Wilkinson Named American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week and a Law360 Legal Lion for Win in Bellwether Trial for Bayer’s Xarelto

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WASHINGTON, May 5, 2017 – Beth Wilkinson was named American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week and a Law360 Legal Lion. The accolades come after Beth successfully led a team of lawyers in defense of Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in a key bellwether trial over the blood thinner Xarelto. A federal jury in New Orleans deliberated for about one hour before unanimously deciding in favor of Bayer. On the victory, Wilkinson said, “If you can make your case really clear, so the jury from opening to closings knows what you’re saying, it makes it easier to go back and come to a consensus.” “When doctors come in and say this medication works and is important, it makes it very difficult for plaintiffs to prevail.” Wilkinson will stay on as lead counsel in the next Xarelto trial in New Orleans, scheduled for May 30. Beth Wilkinson is a founding partner at Wilkinson Walsh …

Wilkinson Walsh Wins Bellwether Xarelto Trial For Bayer

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Beth Wilkinson, co-founding partner of Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz, led the defense team to victory. WASHINGTON – The Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz trial team led by Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson secured a major victory for Bayer in the first bellwether trial in a multi-district litigation involving the drug Xarelto. The lawsuit alleged that Bayer, and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, were liable for claims that the Xarelto label did not adequately instruct doctors on how to minimize the risk of bleeding associated with the anticoagulant Xareltot. The nine-member jury in New Orleans returned a unanimous defense verdict roughly one hour after closing arguments. Wilkinson served as lead counsel on the case and delivered both opening and closing arguments at trial. David Dukes of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Richard Sarver of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver also served as trial counsel for Bayer and Janssen, respectively. The …

White House Associate Counsel Rakesh Kilaru Joins Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz today announced that former Obama Administration official Rakesh Kilaru has joined the firm’s rapidly growing litigation practice. Rakesh served as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, where he provided legal advice to President Obama and senior administration officials focusing on healthcare, education, labor and employment, housing, and the Supreme Court. He also helped to develop and implement the government’s litigation strategy in cases arising under the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. “It’s an honor to be joining Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz,” said Mr. Kilaru. “The firm has quickly become known for employing innovative and intelligent strategies to win high-profile, high-stakes trials, and I’m thrilled to work with such an impressive group of litigators.” Before joining the White House, Rakesh clerked for Justice Elena Kagan of the Supreme Court of the …

Benchmark Names Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz “Boutique Firm of the Year”

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WASHINGTON – Benchmark Litigation named Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz the “Boutique Firm of the Year” during its annual awards ceremony in New York City. This prestigious award recognizes WW+E’s remarkable accomplishments in just its first year, including a high-stakes jury trial win two months after opening its doors last February and other high-profile engagements for the NFL, Pfizer, Facebook, Bayer, the NCAA, Theranos, and Medtronic. “The Benchmark award recognizes our commitment to excellence and getting results for our clients,” said founding partner Beth Wilkinson, an American Lawyer Litigator of the Year. “We have the best trial teams, with unmatched courtroom experience, ready to win more high-stakes cases across the country.” In selecting WW+E for this award, Benchmark described the trial-focused boutique as “emblematic of a litigator’s dream shop, boasting composite qualities of diversity, youth, and a culture fostering a work-hard-play-hard ethos that its personnel takes to heart.” With offices in …