NEW YORK, March 6, 2006 –LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that James L. Stengel has been named Managing Director of the firm’s Litigation Division. Stengel succeeds Michael Delikat, who led the 270-lawyer division in 2005.
“Orrick has one of the leading litigation practices in the nation in terms of our size and collective experience as well as the results we obtain for our clients,” said Ralph Baxter, chairman and CEO of Orrick. “We are grateful for Mike’s commitment last year and look forward to our continued success under Jim’s stewardship.”
“This is an exciting time for Orrick’s litigation division,” said Stengel. “We are recognized leaders in all our primary litigation practice areas, including commercial litigation, intellectual property, employment law, and securities litigation, and we are building an elite international dispute resolution practice, as well. With client service our number one goal, we will continue to build on our litigation strengths, innovate in and outside the courtroom, and add value to every engagement. I couldn’t ask for a more talented enjoyable group of people with whom to do that.”
Stengel represents clients in large, complex, and multi-party class action litigation. He is the leader of the Orrick team serving as National Counsel for Union Carbide in asbestos litigation. Selected as a leading lawyer in the area of products liability litigation for the upcoming 2006 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Stengel has handled significant actions involving the chemical, tobacco, and medical device industries. He has written and lectured on complex litigation and mass tort subjects at a variety of law schools and seminars. Before joining Orrick in 1998, he was a partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP.
About Orrick’s Litigation Division
Orrick is highly regarded for trying and winning cases. The firm?s 270-lawyer litigation team handles the largest and most complex disputes in general litigation, securities litigation, IP, white collar criminal defense, and employment matters. Clients trust Orrick to manage massive, high-risk litigation and to advise them in matters ranging from pre-litigation strategies to the decision of when and how to try cases. The firm?s high-quality work has been recognized by the legal press, which named Orrick one of the Top 10 Defense Firms in 2005 ( The National Law Journal, Aug. 2005) and one of Twelve Distinguished Law Firms ‘that made their mark in courtrooms across the country’ ( The American Lawyer, Jan. 2006).
The litigation division has made several high-profile additions in the past year in Washington, D.C., Paris, London and Moscow, and San Francisco and Silicon Valley. In Washington, the firm added three partners, including two former Assistant Chief Litigation Counsels from the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Russell Duncan (February 2006) and James Meyers (October), and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney?s Office for the District of Columbia, Preston Burton (August), whose private practice experience includes representing Monica Lewinsky in the investigation by the Office of Independent Counsel. In Paris, Orrick added senior counsel William Laurence ?Laurie? Craig, one of the deans of the international arbitration bar with 30 years experience in the field who joined the firm in December from Coudert Frères. The division expanded dramatically in London and Moscow in June, when more than 50 lawyers joined from Coudert Brothers, including, in London, Simon Cockshutt, an expert in property litigation and arbitration; John Evans, the former head of Coudert?s employment law practice; and Maria Frangeskides, a litigator and leading practitioner of international trade and arbitration; and, in Moscow, Olga Anisimova, a litigator, international arbitration expert and former Russian judge. In March 2005, a three-lawyer team from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, including former co-chair of Gray Cary?s white collar practice group, Ed Davis, joined the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm with more than 850 lawyers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm focuses on litigation, complex and novel finance, and innovative corporate transactions. Orrick clients include Fortune 100 companies, major industrial and financial corporations, commercial and investment banks, high-growth companies, governmental entities, start-ups, and individuals. The firm’s 16 offices are located in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pacific Northwest, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Taipei and Tokyo.