Wilkinson Stekloff Lawyers Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America List

Washington, D.C. – For the third consecutive year, Wilkinson Stekloff partners have been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list. This year Lawdragon recognized Beth Wilkinson, Brian Stekloff, Kosta Stojilkovic, and Tamarra Matthews Johnson.   All four partners have received accolades for their industry-leading accomplishments. Beth has repeatedly been named a Chambers Star Trial Lawyer and Brian was selected as one of Chambers’ “up and coming” trial lawyers. Kosta was named a Law360 Rising Star for Trials and to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 and Under Hot List.  And Tamarra was recently selected as a Benchmark Future Star Litigator. “We are thrilled to again have four partners named to the Lawdragon 500 leading lawyers in America list,” said Rakesh Kilaru. “We pride ourselves on handling our clients’ most challenging cases from inception through verdict and beyond.  We could not do that work without our bench of dynamic trial lawyers and …

Wilkinson Stekloff Partners Moira Penza and Ralia Polechronis Awarded Notable Women in Law by Crain’s New York Business

Washington, D.C. – Crain’s New York Business has named Wilkinson Stekloff partners Moira Penza and Ralia Polechronis to its Crain’s New York Business 2021 “Notable Women in Law” list. Crain’s selected attorneys based on their skills, sense of justice, and professional achievements. Moira and Ralia were also recognized for their pro bono work and commitment to helping their communities. Crain’s highlighted Moira’s high-profile litigation practice which builds upon her resume as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Crain’s explained, “She’s been fielding an independent review of the Washington Football Team’s policies amid allegations of workplace misconduct. . .She’s also representing Altria in a series of. . .lawsuits arising out of its investment in Juul.”  “I am honored to be recognized for my high-profile litigation experience and for the key role Wilkinson Stekloff plays in pro bono advocacy,” said Wilkinson Stekloff Partner Moira Penza. “It …

Wilkinson Stekloff Featured as Law360 Sports and Betting Practice Group of the Year

Washington, D.C. – Law360 recently interviewed Partners Beth Wilkinson and Rakesh Kilaru in its feature highlighting Wilkinson Stekloff as a 2020 Sports and Betting Practice Group of the Year. Law360 singled out Wilkinson Stekloff as “an important player in sports law, successfully defending major sports leagues in litigation and conducting misconduct investigations in both football and tennis.”  Law360 focused its recognition on Wilkinson Stekloff’s work representing the NFL in an antitrust dispute over the NFL Sunday Ticket product broadcast media rights, and the NCAA in multiple class actions over its rules regarding the compensation and benefits student-athletes can receive student-athlete image rights.  In the interview, Beth told Law360, “We have spectacular people who really want to be trial lawyers. There’s very few firms where people actually try cases, especially the sports cases we do. Many of them are complicated and high-stakes antitrust cases and that’s why sports leagues and teams …

Wilkinson Stekloff Adds Six New Associates

WASHINGTON — Wilkinson Stekloff today announced the addition of five new associates in its Washington D.C. office and one new associate in its New York office. Megan Braun, Zach Fields, Julian Jiggetts, Michelle Li, Blake Neal, and Alison Zoschak join Wilkinson Stekloff’s industry-leading trial practice as the firm nears its fifth year. “We are excited to have Megan, Zach, Julian, Michelle, Blake, and Alison joining us. Our new associates are incredibly talented and will bring diverse perspectives that will help us deliver the best results for our clients” said James Rosenthal, Wilkinson Stekloff Managing Partner. Megan Braun comes to Wilkinson Stekloff after completing three clerkships, most recently on the Supreme Court for Chief Justice John Roberts.  She previously clerked for Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before clerking for …

Wilkinson Stekloff Named One of Law360’s Sports and Betting Practice Groups of the Year

Washington, D.C. – Wilkinson Stekloff has been recognized as a Law360 2020 Sports and Betting Practice Group of the Year.  Law360 focused its recognition on the law firms “behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year” with “an eye toward landmark matters and general excellence.”  Out of all firms nationwide, Law360 singled out Wilkinson Stekloff as one of just four firms handling the most significant litigation matters and investigations shaping professional and college sports today.   “I am honored that Law360 recognized Wilkinson Stekloff for the unique strength of our sports practice,” said Brian Stekloff. “We’re pleased to have a deep bench of talented litigators with expertise in handling sports matters for a variety of different clients, both at trial and in other contexts.”  In just over four years, Wilkinson Stekloff has handled a variety of significant sports-related litigation matters.  Wilkinson Stekloff …

Wilkinson Stekloff Wins Qualified Immunity Appeal in the Eleventh Circuit

Washington, D.C. – Wilkinson Stekloff associate Xiao Wang secured another significant pro bono appellate win in the Eleventh Circuit, representing Joshua Dickinson, an individual who was violently assaulted while detained in an Alabama jail following an argument with a family member. The Eleventh Circuit concluded that Mr. Dickinson could continue his lawsuit to vindicate his civil rights. Xiao, along with supervising partner Jeremy Barber, argued on appeal that the district court had correctly allowed Mr. Dickinson’s suit to proceed. Wilkinson Stekloff’s briefing highlighted the unjust and unsafe conditions of the Mobile County Metro Jail, including the information and multiple warnings the County Sheriff and Jail Warden had received prior to the unfortunate event.  The Eleventh Circuit agreed that the Sheriff and Warden were not entitled to qualified immunity, deciding to interpret narrowly a prior opinion that had applied an expansive reading to qualified immunity.   “The jail failed to address multiple …

Wilkinson Stekloff Wins Groundbreaking Sentencing Appeal

Washington, D.C. – Wilkinson Stekloff associate Xiao Wang secured a significant pro bono win in the Sixth Circuit, convincing the court to vacate Manndrell Evann Lee’s 60-month sentence as substantively unreasonable.  Xiao had been appointed to represent Mr. Lee as a member of the Sixth Circuit’s Criminal Justice Act panel.   Xiao and partner James Rosenthal argued on appeal that the district court had failed to give sufficient reasons for Mr. Lee’s above-guidelines prison term. The Sixth Circuit agreed and reversed the district court’s decision in a published opinion which established that there must be a “meaningful relationship between the offense of conviction and the defendant’s alleged likelihood of reoffending.” The court further held that there was no such meaningful relationship as to Mr. Lee and vacated his 60-month sentence. The case is now set for resentencing in December 2020.     “We are thrilled with the court’s opinion,” said Wilkinson Stekloff associate …

Wilkinson Stekloff Featured in Law360 Pro Bono Spotlight for Federal Class Action Settlement

Washington, D.C. – Wilkinson Stekloff was featured in Law360’s pro bono spotlight for its lead role in securing a landmark deal in a federal class action lawsuit over health care for people incarcerated in Missouri.   The settlement, which was finalized by the judge on October 29, mandates the state of Missouri and Corizon LLC to spend approximately $50 million over eight years to provide life-saving hepatitis C drugs to people incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The deal also includes training for prison medical staff, an updated testing regime, and regular patient monitoring. Wilkinson Stekloff associate Betsy Henthorne told Law360 that an August 2019 preliminary injunction hearing in the case had been encouraging and was a big step towards the ultimate settlement: “Coming out of the preliminary injunction hearing we felt good about both what we showed the defendants we could do in the courtroom and what they would …

Wilkinson Stekloff’s Pro Bono Program Highly Commended at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chambers and Partners selected Wilkinson Stekloff as Highly Commended in the Pro Bono Program of the Year Category at its annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards: North America 2020. This is the second year in a row that Chambers and Partners has recognized Wilkinson Stekloff’s acclaimed pro bono program. In July 2020, Chambers shortlisted Wilkinson Stekloff as an outstanding firm for diversity and inclusion and as one of its private practice pro bono programs of the year.  Chambers then specifically recognized Wilkinson Stekloff as operating one of the two best pro bono programs out of all law firms in the entire country, large and small. “Since the beginning, we have been committed to pro bono and to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity at achieving fair and equal justice,” said Partner Tamarra Matthews Johnson. “We are honored to be recognized by Chambers and Partners for our outstanding pro …

Wilkinson Stekloff Named Top Litigation Boutique by Vault for Third Consecutive Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vault named Wilkinson Stekloff the sixth best Litigation Boutique Law Firm for the third consecutive year in its “2021 Best Law Firm by Practice Area” rankings. Among all midsize firms in the country, Wilkinson Stekloff ranked as the third best firm for compensation and selectivity and fifth best firm for diversity and pro bono work. Wilkinson Stekloff is the top ranked DC-based firm by Vault in the compensation and selectivity categories. “We are honored to be selected again as one of Vault’s top Litigation Boutique Firms, and particularly proud of our rankings on diversity and pro bono,” said Wilkinson Stekloff Partner Brian Stekloff. “Those have been among our central priorities since our founding and we are always pushing to improve.” Vault previously recognized Wilkinson Stekloff’s excellence in several other categories including selecting Wilkinson Stekloff for its “Top 150 Under 150” list, which recognizes “outstanding law firms with fewer attorneys, but no less expertise, than the global megafirms that often dominate …