Hueston Hennigan Repeats as “California Trial Firm of the Year” and “Los Angeles Law Firm of the Year”

California Trial Firm of the Year (second consecutive year)
Los Angeles Firm of the Year (third consecutive year)

“Trial luminary” John Hueston was also honored with the following awards:

California Trial Lawyer of the Year (second consecutive year)
Los Angeles Litigator of the Year (third consecutive year)


In the virtual awards ceremony held on March 31, 2021, Benchmark Litigation Managing Editor, Michael Rafalowich said of Hueston Hennigan and lead trial lawyer & founder, John Hueston:

 “The Los Angeles boutique with a trial-focused ethos and a stable of trial practitioners within the generational “sweet spot” and a book of brand-name businesses as clients is Hueston Hennigan. Since its genesis in 2015, this Los Angeles litigation boutique has seen an ascent that can only be described as astonishing. Formed by a group of commercial litigators who peeled off another California institution to launch this venture, Hueston Hennigan has forged itself a coveted position as a local litigation shop that has achieved state-wide and even national prominence. The firm is noted for its mission of putting a premium on trial work, a mission that has been fulfilled with rapid momentum on several high-level appointments. “They have just been massively successful,” sums up one East Coast litigator, stating a consensus shared by many peers. The firm’s client base is remarkably diverse, ranging from individuals to a variety of entities encompassing tech giants, Native American tribes, the Boy Scouts and the California State Bar (to name but a few), with very little repeat business and virtually no “routine” cases. “Hueston Hennigan doesn’t do the ‘cookie-cutter.’ They do really cool, cutting-edge work,” declares a peer, who goes on to confide, “I admit it makes me jealous, and I’m sure I’m not alone!” The firm’s figurehead is John Hueston, a trial trailblazer who has carved himself an enviable position among others in the elite trial lawyer circuit. “I’ve seen trial lawyers rise and fade, but John is young and vibrant enough to be in this for the long haul,” opines one peer. Hueston’s proven activity as lead counsel on a number of high-level appointments more than supports this near-unanimous acclaim.”

The winners were selected based upon extensive research conducted between February and October 2020.

Suit Against Astros Strikes Out

The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert S. Draper granted the Astros’ motion to dismiss the case due to an inconvenient forum and motion to quash service due to lack of jurisdiction.

John Hueston noted to Law360, “We are grateful for the court’s thoughtful decision terminating a frivolous case that should never have been brought in California in the first place.”

The Hueston Hennigan team includes John Hueston, Harry Mittleman, Brittani Jackson, Craig Fligor, and Abigail Majane.

Hueston Hennigan Shortlisted for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year

According to Chambers USA, “These award nominations and the ultimate winners are the product of countless interviews and extensive research by our dedicated team of over 200 research analysts. To be ranked, and then to be shortlisted, for an award indicates that the firm and its members are at the top of the profession.”

Winners will be notified at a virtual ceremony on May 27, 2021.

Law360 Features Hueston Cross Examination

During cross-examination of plaintiff Mauro Botta, who claims superiors at the Big Four accounting behemoth went easy on audits to keep clients happy and fired him for filing a complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, PwC’s counsel painted a picture of Botta as a foul-mouthed man unsatisfied with his career, bogged down in conspiracy theories and, at times, out of touch with reality.

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