Wilkinson Stekloff, Brian Stekloff Shortlisted in Four 2023 Benchmark Litigation Awards Categories

Benchmark Litigation has announced shortlists for its 2023 U.S. awards, naming Wilkinson Stekloff a finalist in two firm categories and Founding Partner Brian Stekloff a finalist in two individual categories. The firm has been shortlisted for Trial Firm of the Year as well as top D.C. firm in Benchmark’s state-by-state recognitions, while Brian has been shortlisted for Trial Lawyer of the Year and top Product Liability Litigator in the practice-area awards given to individual attorneys. The winners will be announced at a Wednesday, March 15, event in New York City. The past year has cemented Wilkinson Stekloff’s position as the leading trial boutique in the country. In 2022, the firm represented Bayer in national products liability litigation concerning Roundup and PCBs; 3M in national products liability litigation about PFAS groundwater levels; Microsoft in the FTC’s challenge to its proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard; and Altria in a range of high-profile cases related …

Seven Associates Join Wilkinson Stekloff

Wilkinson Stekloff is pleased to announce the addition of seven associates. The new class includes a Rhodes Scholar, a former SCOTUS law clerk, and five other highly accomplished attorneys who all share a commitment to trial work and pro bono service. “Our firm is committed to developing the next generation of trial lawyers and giving them meaningful trial experience and client exposure. We are excited to welcome this talented group to our team,” said Beth Wilkinson, founding partner, Wilkinson Stekloff. “We are proud to have this new class join our firm, and look forward to their many contributions and supporting them in their professional development as they start this next chapter of their careers,” said Founding Partner Brian Stekloff. The new WS associates include: Emily Clarke Before joining the firm, Emily was a law clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third …

Wilkinson Stekloff Celebrates 2022 Achievements

The past twelve months have cemented Wilkinson Stekloff’s position as the leading trial boutique in the country. On the heels of two high-profile trial wins and other significant victories in 2021, 2022 saw the firm take on a litigation docket unlike any other, including representing: In each of these and other “bet-the-company” cases, clients turn to Wilkinson Stekloff for leadership, strategic guidance, and execution, from the boardroom to the courtroom. The firm’s ongoing matters also include high-stakes disputes and governmental investigations that have not become public or advanced to litigation. To meet these challenges, the 35-lawyer team led by Beth Wilkinson and Brian Stekloff has remained committed to exclusively recruiting top-tier talent and growing its bench of trial lawyers capable of handling any case for clients. This past year, the firm welcomed two new partners — Keri Arnold and Grace Hill — recently mentioned in Bloomberg Law as two of ten high-profile “gets” by boutique firms in 2022.  With over 20 years’ …

Three Wilkinson Stekloff Attorneys Promoted to Counsel

Wilkinson Stekloff is pleased to announce that Sarah Neuman, Anastasia Pastan, and Matthew Skanchy have been promoted to counsel effective January 1, 2023. “Sarah, Anastasia, and Matthew have all been with our firm since very early on. We are grateful for their many contributions to the growth of our team, and proud of all the successes they have achieved on behalf of our clients,” said Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Brian Stekloff. “Our mission is not just to hire outstanding attorneys — we strive to give them meaningful trial experience and client exposure. These three next-generation trial lawyers embody that commitment and have demonstrated their excellence and leadership throughout their careers.” Sarah Neuman Sarah has been a member of numerous trial teams, including the team that secured a complete defense verdict in a multi-state consumer fraud class action involving Bayer’s One A Day multivitamins, and the trial teams that prevailed in …

WS Honored by Law360 as Social Impact Leader

Law360 Pulse recently announced its 2022 Social Impact Leaders Ranking, and Wilkinson Stekloff scored second nationally among firms with fewer than 100 attorneys on the standalone pro bono list. The Social Impact Leaders ranking seeks to measure law firms’ engagement with social responsibility across five pillars: racial and ethnic diversity, gender equality, employee engagement, pro bono service, and responsible business practices. The pro bono pillar is broken out into a separate ranking to allow for more detailed comparison among peer firms, and the score is calculated based on three metrics: percentage of attorneys who provided at least 50 hours of free legal services, overall participation rate in pro bono activity, and average pro bono hours per attorney. While ranked second in its size category, WS posted the highest percentage of participating attorneys — 85.7% — besting the top-ranked firm. WS has innovated away from the billable-hour model, and its holistic …

Nine Wilkinson Stekloff Partners Recognized in 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America

Lawdragon has honored nine Wilkinson Stekloff partners in its inaugural 500 Leading Litigators in America guide dedicated to those attorneys who excel representing principally corporations and other organizations in litigating claims. Honorees were selected from a record number of submissions and independent research focused on recent cases and defense verdicts or settlements, as well as attorneys whose sustained excellence in trials is nothing short of remarkable.  The Wilkinson Stekloff partners recognized include: Beth Wilkinson Brian Stekloff Jeremy Barber Kieran Gostin Rakesh Kilaru Moira Penza Ralia Polechronis James Rosenthal Kosta Stojilkovic

Benchmark Litigation Selects Wilkinson Stekloff as Top 20 Trial Law Firm, and Honors Six Partners

Wilkinson Stekloff has been named a Top 20 Trial Law Firm in the highly anticipated 2023 Benchmark Litigation guide. Along with this prestigious recognition, the firm is also ranked as Tier 1 for General Commercial Litigation and recognized as a Top Boutique and Highly Recommended firm. Benchmark Litigation is considered the definitive guide to the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers. The rankings are determined through six months of research, which includes extensive interviews with clients. In addition to top-tier firm rankings, Wilkinson Stekloff founding partner Beth Wilkinson was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. This elite group consists of partners who have been selected by peers and clients as the best of the best in the practice of trial law, with the representative work to exemplify this status. This recognition comes on the heels of Beth being named a Top 10 Female Litigator by Benchmark Litigation for the second …

Experienced Trial Attorney Keri Arnold Joins Wilkinson Stekloff

Wilkinson Stekloff is pleased to announce that Keri Arnold has joined the firm as a partner. With over 20 years’ experience defending companies in product liability, environmental and complex commercial litigation, Keri has tried over a dozen cases to verdict. “Keri is a talented litigator with a great depth of experience handling difficult and technical cases,” said Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson. “She is an ideal fit for our team and for our clients, who know they can look to us to take on their most challenging matters.” Over the course of her career, Keri has served as first chair trial counsel on behalf of major pharmaceutical, tobacco and energy companies. Her experience includes handling bellwether cases, class action suits and high-stakes personal injury and wrongful death matters, many of which have involved complex medical and scientific evidence. “Keri will be a tremendous asset to clients facing class action …

The Washingtonian Honors Beth Wilkinson with Top Lawyers Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award

Beth Wilkinson has been honored by the Washingtonian with the Top Lawyers Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. This recognition is reserved for Washington, D.C.-based lawyers noted as a Top Lawyer by the publication for at least 10 of the past 15 years. The annual Top Lawyers list is put together strictly through a peer voting process where hundreds of local lawyers are asked whom they would trust if they needed legal counsel themselves. The names included on this “Lifetime Achievement” honor roll are noted as the best among their peers.  Among her many accolades, Beth is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and a Legal 500 Leading Trial Lawyer. She has been named a Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer, a Law360 Trial Ace and Trial MVP, and a National Law Journal Winning Litigator. Chambers and Partners …

Three Wilkinson Stekloff Partners Recognized in the National Law Journal Legal Awards 2022

The National Law Journal has recognized three Wilkinson Stekloff partners in its 2022 Legal Awards. The prestigious annual series highlights the top litigation and appellate work of law firms and attorneys from the previous year.  Wilkinson Stekloff had more individuals distinguished than any other firm. Partners Cali Cope-Kasten and Rakesh Kilaru were both named Rising Stars, while Founding Partner Brian Stekloff is a finalist in the “Winning Litigators” category. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on October 20.   Cali made partner in early 2022, fresh off acting as trial counsel to help secure the first win for Monsanto in the Roundup mass tort litigation. She has played a critical role in six jury trials, three of which were federal multi-district litigation bellwether cases, and two bench trials. She has argued numerous motions in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level and is serving as trial counsel for Monsanto in …