Complex Commercial Litigation


Recognizing the significant impact litigation can have on a company’s ability to achieve its business objectives, Dechert’s skilled complex commercial litigation team helps companies involved in commercial litigation assess their options, contain costs and decide on a course of action consistent with their goals. With lawyers in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Moscow, Luxembourg, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we have the multi-jurisdictional capabilities, experience, skills and judgment to successfully guide clients through disputes wherever they arise.

We represent companies in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings across a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, financial services, insurance, consumer products and communications. Our trial lawyers efficiently and aggressively defend client interests in matters involving breach of contract, consumer fraud and false advertising, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, professional liability and insurance issues, among others.

Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation

Our complex commercial litigation group has defended nearly every type of class action filed, from product liability and ERISA matters to environmental and securities cases. Resolving many matters without litigation, we have successfully structured multi-tiered class settlements. Our advocacy in landmark cases has resulted in new class action law and we are particularly experienced with class certification issues. We have frequently served as national coordinating counsel for clients facing claims in multiple jurisdictions and have an advanced familiarity with large-scale ediscovery issues and the cost-effective management of 21st century discovery demands.

Dechert lawyers also offer sophisticated, timely advice in multidistrict litigation in a wide range of cases, including those involving major drug recall, securities, tobacco, financial services, consumer fraud and medical products matters throughout the United States and in other countries.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

In assessing our clients’ options, we incorporate our substantial knowledge of alternative dispute resolution techniques to arrive at the most advantageous course of action. Many of our trial lawyers are accredited mediators. Others are members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and have significant experience in devising effective risk management strategies.

We have an impressive track record of achieving pre-trial settlements for our clients in U.S. federal and state jurisdictions as well as in international dispute resolution proceedings. We frequently represent clients in arbitration before the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, WIPO and the London Court of International Arbitration Rules.

Effective Case Management

Our lawyers work closely with clients to ensure that litigation matters are managed efficiently and cost-effectively. We carefully match the experience of our lawyers to each case and use new technologies to facilitate communication, research and document management in large-scale, complex matters.

Achieving Results

We are dedicated to resolving our clients’ business disputes in the most effective and expeditious way possible. With extensive trial experience, a strong record in alternative dispute resolution, deep industry knowledge and advanced information technology systems, we produce winning strategies for our clients - both in and out of the courtroom.

Recognized Leaders

Numerous legal referral guides have touted the prowess of our complex commercial litigation group. Chambers USA has commented that our litigation team handles “the real monster disputes,” is “superbly talented” and is “unrivaled in its depth.” Chambers has also noted “few firms manage to so successfully combine a strong and imposing trial capability with strategic and advisory competence of the highest caliber.” Dechert is also one of only ten U.S. firms singled out for “exemplary, cutting-edge work in civil [litigation] defense” and named to the “Defense Hot List” by The National Law Journal. In Europe, we are recognized as a “first rate across the board” pan-European general litigation team by Chambers Europe.