The litigation group at Dow Lohnes is a dynamic team of experienced lawyers working together on a wide variety of commercial, intellectual property, communications, technology, securities, tax and many other types of cases. The Dow Lohnes litigators frequently work with lawyers from our other groups and highly-skilled members of the Dow Lohnes professional staff, to tap the firm’s expertise and bring the right resources to each controversy. Litigation is a multi-faceted enterprise, requiring commitment, experience, creativity, knowledge, technology and hard work, along with an extensive skill set including oral and written advocacy, high-stakes negotiation and diplomacy. Most importantly, the litigators must understand and work closely with their clients. Our litigators have developed these attributes and skills and embrace the challenges of each new case.
Our litigators have substantial experience in all aspects of litigation, including trial work, appellate practice, class action litigation, government investigations, alternative dispute resolution and litigation counseling. This experience extends to both civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts – trial and appellate –throughout the United States. Several of our litigators have litigation backgrounds in the federal government, including two former Assistant United States Attorneys, a former Deputy Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Energy, a former Department of Justice litigator and a former Antitrust Litigator also from the Department of Justice.
Some of the most important and cutting-edge issues in litigation today – new technology, intellectual property, communications, telecommunications – affect the businesses in the industries Dow Lohnes has served for several decades. And our litigators have been handling such cases for many years, often sharing responsibility with our experienced lawyers in other practice groups. As a result, Dow Lohnes litigators have developed expertise in specialized areas such as copyright, trademark and patent litigation, First Amendment law (pre-publication review, defamation, privacy, and access matters), governmental review of communications mergers, and communications and telecommunications litigation, often involving federal appellate advocacy. The group also has substantial experience with issues affecting the Internet or "online" media industry, as well as current issues of concern to the firm's satellite, broadcast communications, and new technology clients. Of course, many businesses outside traditional media and communications industries have the same types of legal issues, and the Dow Lohnes litigation group handles intellectual property litigation, privacy and similar cases for non-media companies, too.
But the Dow Lohnes litigation team is not focused solely on media- and communications-related cases. To the contrary, all business have “traditional” controversies, and at least half the work of our litigators is in these areas. As a result, our litigation group has developed expertise in complex corporate disputes and business torts, securities and SEC matters, commercial litigation, antitrust matters, tax and trust controversies, white collar and government investigations, government contracting, and labor and employment matters. Consequently, Dow Lohnes litigators frequently represent clients outside the communications, media and information technology industries, including many service businesses, health care, financial institution, aviation, educational institutions, and environmental industries.
The Dow Lohnes litigation group also is committed to training and developing its newer attorneys, and this has direct benefits not only for them but for our clients. The litigators recruit highly qualified and talented new lawyers who are interested in undertaking significant responsibility early in their careers. The Litigation group provides in-house and outside training (including writing, advocacy, deposition and trial skills) so that each associate develops the skills and confidence to contribute most efficiently at the appropriate level. The firm’s Pro Bono program also provides a terrific opportunity for litigators at all levels to take responsibility for cases and help clients who truly need legal help, and, at the same time, gain valuable experience.
Finally, the firm's litigators are always sensitive to clients' business concerns and spend considerable time helping clients fairly weigh the costs and benefits of litigation. These efforts often involve providing advice on business practices that could potentially lead to civil litigation or governmental investigations. Dow Lohnes litigators frequently work with lawyers from other practice groups to develop legal and business strategies to minimize litigation concerns, and our litigators have extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution procedures, including formal and informal mediation and arbitration, both in the U.S. and abroad.