Litigation and Arbitration

Recognized as one of the top litigation groups in the world, Cleary Gottlieb provides clients with creative and result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory or criminal investigations. As a firm with established roots and experience worldwide, we handle local matters as well as multijurisdictional disputes. We are equally at home representing an African sovereign in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration as we are defending a leading financial institution in U.S., UK, French, German or Italian courts.

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We are counsel in numerous matters arising from the global financial crisis, including advising HSBC, BNY Mellon, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Citigroup in connection with litigation arising from the Madoff fraud; advising more than 40 financial institutions in class and individual actions arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers; and advising Bank of America and Citibank in litigation related to the sale of mortgage-backed securities.

Vale Wins Dismissal with Prejudice of RICO Lawsuit

Atlantic Power Corporation Defeats Appeal of Dismissal of Securities Fraud Claims

Chilean National Secures Dismissal with Prejudice of SEC Insider Trading Lawsuit

Keurig Green Mountain Wins Appeal in Multidistrict Antitrust Litigation

“Net Winner” Madoff Investor’s ERISA Action Against The Bank of New York Mellon and Others Dismissed

Complete Dismissal of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Claims Against “K” Line

Second Circuit Reversal of Argentine Bondholder Class Certification Orders

Cleary Gottlieb Wins Dismissal of $5.5 Billion RICO Lawsuits

Landmark Victory in ‘Conversion Therapy’ Litigation

Teladoc Wins Landmark Preliminary Injunction Against the Texas Medical Board

Nationally Recommended Firm in:
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Securities Litigation
  • White-Collar Defense

 Benchmark Litigation, 2016
#4 for Arbitration
The American Lawyer's "Arbitration Scorecard," 2015
 Top 20 Global Arbitration Firm
Global Arbitration Review’s Top Arbitration Firms Worldwide, 2013-2015
Commended Firm for Litigation
(Complex Chapter 11 Proceedings of Residential Capital)
Financial Times - U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, 2014
"'The lawyers are great - smart, practical, thoughtful, strategic and unbelievably responsive.'"
Chambers Global, 2015
"[Cleary is] renowned for its expert handling of commercial, securities and white-collar criminal defense mandates… [and] widely regarded as a go-to practice for international clients involved in commercial litigation in the USA thanks to its extensive cross-border experience."
Chambers USA, 2015

“[C]lients measure performance on reputation, experience and capacity … Cleary is one of the few firms with the global presence to represent governments wherever their bonds are sold or creditors try to seize assets.”
Global Arbitration Review, 2015
"Cleary’s team is one that has time and again proven itself capable of skilfully blending complex international litigation and arbitration across borders..."
Latin Lawyer 250, 2014
“This firm is renowned for its transactional dominance in Latin America, which affords it a solid footing in commercial arbitrations. On the contentious side, it has been particularly active in Brazil and Argentina, and has an office in both jurisdictions. … ‘This firm has impressive research and drafting skills, and the lawyers remain focused on the problem, offering one single point of contact to the client.’"
Chambers Latin America, 2014