Trial and Appellate Practice

ABV has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including investigation, preliminary motions and hearings, discovery, jury and non-jury trials, and appellate practice.

We have particular experience with complex, multi-district and multi-party litigations, including class actions. ABV provides representation in cases before various federal and state courts throughout the country at both the trial and appellate levels. Our cases have involved a broad range of legal issues and substantive bodies of law, including accounting, antitrust, banking and finance (including inter-creditor disputes, enforcement, workouts, and bankruptcy), civil rights, commercial law, contract, corporate actions and shareholder suits, commodities and trade finance, franchising, health care, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, media and entertainment, partnership, products liability, professional liability, securities (including swaps and other derivatives), toxic torts, and trusts and estates. We have also handled numerous arbitrations in a variety of public and private forums, and represented clients in administrative proceedings and investigations involving federal and state agencies, as well as in criminal proceedings.

ABV is committed to developing with clients litigation plans that provide advocacy that is both cost-effective and value-centered. Efficiency in operations is a firm-wide commitment, both in managing and staffing cases and then in carrying out discrete tasks throughout the litigation cycle. We pursue value-centered litigation by working with the client at every stage of the case, from pre-litigation planning through resolution, to identify strategic choices and exercise judgment, setting litigation goals that advance the client’s real needs in resolving the dispute. We pride ourselves on our trial and advocacy skills and ability to manage every case with a trial-centered litigation plan, while always keeping sight of the opportunities to position a case so that the dispute can be resolved at an earlier stage in the litigation process on terms satisfactory to the client. Sometimes that means a timely resort to mediation; sometimes that means productive settlement discussions with our adversaries when the litigation moment is right; and sometimes that means vigorously handling the case through verdict and appeal.