Complex Commercial Litigation

Litigation is deemed “complex” when it involves numerous parties, an unusual number of documents and/or witnesses, significant unsettled legal issues, litigation in multiple jurisdictions, coordination with government investigations and enforcement proceedings, the prospect of extensive motion practice on decisive issues, expedited proceedings for preliminary injunction or early trial, and/or technical or scientific expert analysis that could decide the outcome.

Complex litigation places additional demands on all counsel, but presents special challenges to the plaintiffs, who bear the risk that complexity will prevent the timely adjudication of their claims. It places a premium on plaintiffs’ counsel’s early strategic judgment in framing the litigation, choice of legal claims, selection of defendants, and choice of jurisdiction and venue. It also elevates the importance of counsel’s ability to manage the litigation process and efficiently collect, integrate and present facts and legal issues through effective project management and use of information and presentation technology.

The class and shareholder litigation we conduct presents all of these issues. In a recent litigation, for example, one of our partners led the prosecution of an consolidated expedited proceeding in Delaware Chancery Court that involved 14 parties, nine law firms, collection and review of over 350,000 pages of documents, conduct of six depositions, retention and supervision of four experts, and preparation of 80 pages of preliminary injunction briefing, all within a ten-week period.

To discuss a complex litigation matter, please contact Ethan Wohl at 212 758 4097 or ewohl [at] wohlfruchter [dot] com.