Recorder: Hueston Hennigan Best 2016 White Collar Defense Department

The firm, which opened its doors in 2015, was recognized for its success in representing clients in high stakes white collar and government matters. Among other notable successes in 2015, Hueston Hennigan successfully had all felony charges dismissed against Waste Management Hawaii, Inc. after four years of litigation and investigation by the federal government, and vigorously defended a client faced with numerous charges by the SEC that ultimately the government declined to pursue.

From The Recorder: The Awards recognize California litigation practices that delivered exceptional results on their clients’ most critical and challenging matters. Recorder editors sifted through 148 nominations looking for decisive victories at trial or on appeal. They considered the degree of difficulty, dollar value and importance of each matter to the client; the depth and breadth of the practice; and the use of strategic approaches that proved successful.

Hueston Hennigan Named One of 5 Go-To Boutique Trial Law Firms in the U.S.

The firm has carved out a niche in focusing on bet-the-company litigation and is selective in accepting cases, favoring those that are likely to go to trial, Hueston told Law360.
Like Robbins Russell, Hueston Hennigan looks for talent that it can rely on from the beginning rather than some larger firms’ strategy of hiring less discriminately and waiting for the cream to rise to the top.

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State Bar Retains Hueston Hennigan

Upon the State Bar’s motion, the Los Angeles County Superior Court appointed retired United States Magistrate Judge Edward A. Infante to preside over arbitration proceedings in Dunn v. State Bar of California, brought by Dunn after he was terminated. The arbitration is expected to commence shortly although no hearing date has yet been set.

State Bar President David Pasternak stated:

“We have the utmost confidence that Hueston Hennigan LLP will help to quickly put this distraction behind us and will end the resource expenditure that Mr. Dunn has caused the State Bar with his lawsuit for personal gain, enabling the bar to direct all of its attention to the important public protection work that is currently underway.”

The retention of Hueston Hennigan, a firm noted for outstanding trial skills and extensive experience representing public and quasi-public entities in high-stakes litigation, demonstrates the State Bar’s determination to vigorously combat Dunn’s allegations, said Vanessa L. Holton, State Bar General Counsel.

The Hueston Hennigan legal team is led by partners John Hueston and Moez Kaba.

“The State Bar of California is the state’s most prominent legal institution, and its integrity has been unfairly impugned,” said Hueston, adding, “We will vigorously defend it against these meritless accusations.”

In addition to representing Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and private entities, Hueston and Kaba currently represent the Navajo Nation in matters concerning contamination of its lands and waters. Hueston, a nationally renowned trial attorney, is a former lead prosecutor for the Enron trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. Membership now stands at about a quarter-million.

News Coverage: The Daily Journal: dj-state-bar-article

Super Lawyers Top 100: John Hueston and Brian Hennigan

Mr. Hueston and Mr. Hennigan, both have been repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyers over the years, and this year makes the third year on the “Top 100” list for Mr. Hueston, and the 10th for Mr. Hennigan.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from a wide range of practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluation by attorneys in a given practice area.

Allison Libeu Elected to Partner

“Allison is a tremendous talent, a skilled lawyer and wonderful colleague,” said Managing Partner Brian Hennigan. “Her contributions to the firm are key to the kind of progress and growth we expect for Hueston Hennigan, and we know we’ll see continued success and achievement from her.”

Ms. Libeu, who works in Hueston Hennigan’s Newport Beach office, concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has significant experience litigating high-stakes business disputes across a wide variety of areas, including business torts, contracts, class actions, securities fraud, insurance, and employment issues. Ms. Libeu’s practice includes litigation at the trial and appellate level in cases brought in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Libeu serves on the Associate Board of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy, and drug free through education, counseling, and mentoring.