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Chambers USA 2018: Hueston Hennigan a Meteoric Success

Chambers USA 2018 has ranked Hueston Hennigan among the top California law firms in the areas of commercial litigation and white-collar defense and government investigations. In its assessment of Hueston Hennigan, Chambers representative commentary included this praise: “The firm has enjoyed meteoric success; they’re really soaring and firing on all cylinders.”

Calling Hueston Hennigan a “highly regarded litigation boutique across both plaintiff and defense-side commercial cases,” the premier legal directory cited its bench of expert trial lawyers. With lawyers who are “incredibly responsive, quick, efficient and committed,” Hueston Hennigan is a “go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation.”

The firm’s “powerhouse white-collar criminal defense team” Chambers continued, boasts outstanding trial capabilities, “drawing from a high-quality bench of litigators which includes several former federal prosecutors.”

Name partners John Hueston and Brian Hennigan, who have both been repeatedly ranked as Band 1 attorneys, were singled out as “Notable Practioners.” Mr. Hueston, Mr. Hennigan and Partner Robert Klieger were previously named “Leaders in their Field.”

Mr. Hueston, described as a “dynamo,” is praised for his “intelligence, strategic vision and exceptional ability to see all angles and read human nature in any given situation.” And: “He is the best lawyer of his generation. He is razor sharp in every way. Whether in court, on paper or in his teams, he thinks ten steps ahead and never skips a beat.”

Mr. Hennigan is described by clients as “a real trial lawyer.” He received “considerable praise for his judgment and ability to handle extremely complex cases and achieve great results.” He widely regarded for his ability to apply his “wealth of experience” to individual and corporate representations in both litigations and investigations, achieving “great results.”

Mr. Klieger was ranked this year in the Media and Entertainment category, with Chambers noting that Mr. Klieger “is developing an impressive reputation for his handling of entertainment litigation. Sources describe him as “a really great lawyer and “beyond excellent as a writer.”

Since opening its doors in 2015, Hueston Hennigan has been ranked as a national Top 10 Boutique by Benchmark Litigation, named by Law360 as one of five top national trial boutiques, and one of California’s top boutiques by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. The firm’s clients include T-Mobile, Amazon, SpaceX, Tesla, Western Digital, Edison International and Southern California Edison, the Navajo Nation, Amgen, Sumner Redstone, the University of California, PricewaterhouseCoopers and many others.

London-based Chambers and Partners, is one of the World’s preeminent directories of law firms and lawyers, producing annual guides after months of objective, in-depth research.






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Alison Plessman Named to 2018 Top Women Lawyers

Alison Plessman named to Top Women lawyers

The Los Angeles Daily Journal has named Alison Plessman to the 2018 list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. This marks the third time in three years she has been honored as one of the state’s most accomplished female lawyers.

“Alison is such a talented attorney,” said Brian Hennigan, managing partner at the firm. “We’re thrilled to see her abilities recognized in this way.”

The Daily Journal cited Ms. Plessman’s role as co-lead counsel for Edison International and Southern California Edison in dozens of cases arising from the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. She also represents the utility in litigation arising out of the Montecito mudslides.

The newspaper also noted her successful representation of T-Mobile USA, Inc. in its trade secrets suit against smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co.

About Alison Plessman

Ms. Plessman is a co-founder of Hueston Hennigan LLP. She represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of high-stakes litigation matters involving securities, healthcare, and insurance fraud, trade secret misappropriation, RICO violations, accounting irregularities and market manipulation, professional negligence, and breaches of contract and fiduciary duties. Ms. Plessman has also successfully defended companies, boards of directors, and individuals facing regulatory investigations and criminal enforcement actions, and she has obtained pre-indictment and post-indictment dismissals in numerous cases.




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Brian Hennigan Honored with CLAY Award

Brian Hennigan honored with CLAY award.

Brian Hennigan, Managing Partner of Hueston Hennigan, has been honored with a 2018 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY)  award.  The CLAY award recognize lawyers whose work has had a significant impact on public policy, the law, and the profession.

Mr. Hennigan was cited for his work with former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno in the high-profile investigation into allegations that the University of California’s Office of the President interfered with a state audit.

The UC Board of Regents hired the legal team last summer, after the state auditor publicly accused UC President Janet Napolitano’s office of revising answers on campus surveys.  Auditor Elaine M. Howle maintained that Napolitano’s office altered the answers to reflect more favorably on her performance.

Mr. Hennigan led the independent fact-finding project. The team reviewed more than 427,000 pieces of electronic data and documents, and it conducted dozens of interviews. The report ultimately found that although Napolitano knew surveys were being reviewed, there was insufficient evidence to conclude she knew about her aids’ systematic alteration of unfavorable responses.

Judge Moreno and Mr. Hennigan both said work of Michael Behrens, counsel at Hueston Hennigan, and Kasey Mitchell, an associate at the firm, as instrumental to the investigation.

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Alex Romain Named to Lawdragon 500

Alex Romain named to Lawdragon 500

Alex Romain has been named to Lawdragon’s  2018 list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” one of the legal profession’s most elite directories.

Lawdragon is a legal media company that provides online news and features about the legal industry, including guides to the nation’s leading lawyers. The annual guide is the company’s highest distinction. It recognizes the top practitioners across all practice areas and represents .04 percent of all U.S. lawyers.

About Alex Romain

Alex Romain is a leading national trial lawyer with more than 18 years’ experience in high-stakes complex civil and commercial litigation. Mr. Romain previously was a litigation partner for 10 years at Williams & Connolly LLP, in Washington, D.C. He currently Chairs Hueston Hennigan’s Professional Liability Defense Practice.

In 2017, Benchmark Litigation recognized Mr. Romain as a local “Litigation Star” in the area of general commercial litigation. He was featured in Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers” series and was selected to Savoy Magazine’s list of “Most Influential Black Lawyers.” As a result of his work as lead counsel in the favorable decision, In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, 552 F.3d 814 (D.C. Cir. 2009), the National Law Journal named Mr. Romain to its “Appellate Hot List.” That decision that affirmed the trial court’s holding a government agency in contempt. For his work at the USDOJ, in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Mr. Romain received the U.S. Attorney General’s special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service.

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Moez Kaba Talks Diversity with Benchmark Litigation

Moez Kaba Talks Diversity with Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Q & A with Moez Kaba

Moez Kaba is the youngest partner at one of the country’s premier trial boutiques, Hueston Hennigan, a Los Angeles-based shop formed by a group of former Irell & Manella commercial litigation partners. The firm has earned considerable traction in the legal community via some high-stakes and high-profile appointments. Kaba, a co-founder of the firm, reflects both the firm’s approach as well as the cultural and generational shift in the US litigation landscape. In this Q&A with Benchmark’s Michael Rafalowich, he discusses these issues at length.

You are one of the youngest, if not the youngest, partner at your firm, yet you are one of its founders. Was the generational depth a business model mandate upon the formation of the firm or did it just happen organically?

The generational depth at our firm was both by design and by chance. A small core group of us worked together at our prior firm on high-stakes disputes for our business clients. There we came to value each other as colleagues and friends. When we launched our own firm, we brought together a deep bench of young, talented lawyers who shared our vision for a trial litigation practice. We take tough and interesting cases for commercial and public and quasi-public clients. At the same time, we maintain a commitment to pro bono work.

We focus heavily on training young attorneys.  They are prepared and confident in front of judges and juries. I’m the youngest partner, but not the youngest lawyer at the firm by far. The most senior partner, name partner Brian Hennigan, graduated law school 30 years before me. Our other name partner, John Hueston, graduated law school in the 1990’s. That speaks to type of firm we are. We have tried to match vigor and new approaches with experience and perspective. Ours is a tough practice, a demanding practice, with creative, hard-working people on teams that span the generational spectrum. And I think this sort of diversity increasingly mirrors the legal departments of our clients.

It seems as though your generation of litigators is not only bringing a fresh perspective in terms of age but it also seems to be a notably more diverse crop than that of 15 or even 10 years ago. Have you noticed more diversity among younger partners?

Definitely. It’s exciting to see so many terrific lawyers who look different and have different experiences but share a passion for the law. I think that’s also a product of law schools and the firms themselves, both of which are fostering a more diverse recruiting environment.

This is also driven by client demand. Clients are increasingly holding firms accountable for assembling diverse teams. You see the same thing at the U.S. Attorney’s office. What’s most promising to me is that these are the people who will get jobs in government and be appointed to the bench. Diversity in law firms today results in more diverse public leadership tomorrow. I am proud, however, that Hueston Hennigan’s partnership itself is majority diverse.

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