Wilkinson Stekloff Adds James Rosenthal as Partner

Rosenthal brings his extensive complex litigation experience and class-action expertise to top boutique trial firm

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Stekloff today announced the addition of James Rosenthal as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Rosenthal is an experienced class action litigator who has handled numerous complex and high-stakes matters, most recently as Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Altria Client Services.

“While I was in house counsel, I had the opportunity to retain Wilkinson Stekloff lawyers to try class actions, and I was always impressed with their brilliant trial skills, creativity, and teamwork,” said Rosenthal. “In a very short period of time they have built a top-tier high stakes litigation boutique, and I am thrilled to join them in my return to private practice.”

During his six years at Altria Client Services, James managed the class action litigation facing the Altria family of companies, including Philip Morris USA. During his tenure, Philip Morris USA tried four class actions to successful outcomes and eliminated its active class action docket. James also supervised a variety of product liability, regulatory, and commercial litigation. Before joining Altria, James was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he specialized in class action and other aggregate litigation.

“We are proud to call James our partner,” said Wilkinson Stekloff founding partner Beth Wilkinson. “Having worked with James for many years, we have seen him successfully handle some of the most complex litigation in the country. He will bring to our firm not only his incisive intellect and great expertise in class action litigation, but also a deep understanding of how we can best serve our clients.”

Founded in February 2016, Wilkinson Stekloff has grown to nearly 45 lawyers and has quickly established itself as the leading boutique trial firm in the country. Wilkinson Stekloff was recently recognized as the preeminent boutique trial firm in the country, earning accolades as “Boutique Law Firm of the Year” in 2017. Wilkinson Stekloff has won several decisive, high-stakes victories, including full defense verdicts for Bayer in the first three bellwether trials in the multi-district litigation involving Xarelto, and winning summary judgment for Georgia Pacific in an antitrust class action alleging over $10 billion in damages. The firm has attracted a diverse and energetic collection of the brightest legal talent in the country, boasting a lineup that now includes six former federal prosecutors, two former federal public defenders, seven former Supreme Court clerks, and numerous former appellate and district court clerks.