Crowell & Moring was founded in 1979 by a
group of attorneys defecting from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, to
create "a different kind of law firm." When Jones Day tried to oust
Eldon "Took" Crowell and his team of government contract lawyers,
he left with a bang, taking with him a group of more than 50
attorneys-an event The Washington Post referred to as "The
Today, Crowell & Moring works in a wide
range of practices, handling litigation, regulatory, arbitration
and transactional matters for clients of all sizes, from major
corporations to start-ups to private individuals. Crowell &
Moring has advised on one of the world's largest telecommunications
mergers, as well as represented governments and corporations in
international arbitration matters. Based in Washington, DC, the
firm has also set up shop in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County,
London and Brussels. In 2009, the firm expanded into San Francisco
by stealing away a 28-member litigation practice from Folger, Levin
and Kahn, thus creating Crowell & Moring's San Francisco
More than just a law firm, Crowell houses
C&M International, a subsidiary which provides international
trade and investment consulting services.
The firm's litigation practice is active in
federal, state and appellate courts, administrative tribunals and
before arbitration panels throughout the US, Canada, Europe and
South America. Among the firm's key cases was its representation of
Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation in its suit against two global
financial institutions; the case yielded the largest bankruptcy
settlement in U.S. history at the time, valued at over $4 billion.
More recently, the firm served as co-counsel for longstanding
client DuPont, and won a civil lawsuit for $919.9 million in a
trade secret theft case against Kolon Industries. The size of the
award was one of the largest of its kind in defense of business
processes and technologies.
Crowell & Moring also boasts a first-rate
government contracts group, which has received a top ranking by
Chambers USA since this ranking was established. The group
has a 40-year history, managing contract formation issues and
strategies, bid protests, contract interpretation and performance
disputes, post-performance audits and fraud investigations.
Crowell & Moring's antitrust group has
been continuously ranked among the top in the world by Global
Competition Review and handles a variety of related work,
including civil litigation and investigations; mergers and
acquisitions; grand jury investigations and trials; and risk
management. Some of the firm's notable cases have included several
multibillion dollar transactions in the telecommunications
industry, such as serving as an antitrust counsel for AT&T in
its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile; representing AT&T in
its $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth; advising SBC/Cingular
Wireless in its $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless; and
counseling SBC in its $16 billion acquisition of AT&T Corp.
Crowell & Moring antitrust clients include Alcoa, CSX
Corporation, DuPont, Nestlé and United Technologies
The group remains at the forefront of the most
recent sophisticated transactions: successful clearance of United
Technologies' $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich; representation
of Coventry Health in its $5.7 billion sale to Aetna; and DuPont's
$4.9 billion sale of its coatings business. Major results include
multi-million dollar recoveries for clients like Oracle and
Motorola who were victims of the DRAM and LCD price-fixing
conspiracies and dismissal of antitrust claims against clients
Kaiser Health, Yamaha, DuPont and Motorola.
Crowell & Moring LLP's Antitrust Group was recognized as
"highly recommended" in Global Competition Review's (GCR)
16th edition of the "GCR 100: The World's Leading Competition Law
and Economics Practices," in the Washington, D.C., New York, and
California categories. GCR is the leading international journal of
competition policy and regulation.
Disputing Their Way to the Top
Crowell & Moring received two
American Lawyer "Global Legal Awards" for "Global Dispute
of the Year: U.S. Litigation" and "Global Pro Bono Dispute of the
Year." The honors were given for Crowell & Moring's work in
DuPont v. Kolon, one of the largest trade secrets case of
its kind, and David. v. Signal, a pro bono case
that was one of the largest human trafficking cases in history. The
U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced that it
will not challenge AT&T's $48 billion acquisition of DIRECTV.
Crowell & Moring served as lead antitrust counsel for AT&T
in the matter.
Kahn's in the Hall
Crowell & Moring's Michael Kahn, a San Francisco-based
senior counsel in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group, was the
recipient of the State Bar of California's 2015 "Trial Lawyer Hall
of Fame" award. He was the only recipient of the award this year,
which recognizes professionals who have excelled as trial lawyers,
and whose careers exemplify the highest values and professional
achievement. Kahn was honored at an awards ceremony on November 14
at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.
Crowell & Moring's Government
Contracts Group and International Trade Group were featured as
Law360 "Practice Groups of the Year" for 2015. The annual
awards recognize firms that came through for clients by sealing the
biggest deals and securing wins in high-stakes litigation. This is
the sixth consecutive year that the Government Contracts Group has
been named to the list.
A Hankering for Talent and Innovation
Crowell & Moring received two
awards in the Financial Times' "Most Innovative North American Law
Firms 2015" special report. The firm received a first-place ranking
in the "Talent Development" category for its Sponsorship Program,
and also ranked first in the "Social Responsibility-Pro Bono Cases"
category for its lead role in David v. Signal, in which a
jury awarded more than $14 million to human trafficking victims.
The firm was also noted as "Highly Commended" in the Talent
Development category for the creation of its InnovationLab, an
internal online tool for professional staff and lawyers to share
their ideas on how to improve the firm as a business.