why choose us

because winning matters

Willenken is based on the principle that achieving great results for our clients is the paramount objective. We make our living on the basis of our accomplishments. The firm does not have a branch office to refer us clients or the luxury of servicing the litigation cases brought to us by the transactional department. Our clients come to us because we win far more than our fair share of cases.

because trial skills matter

Our lawyers have tried over 150 cases to verdict or judgment. We never push our clients to accept a suboptimal settlement because we are afraid of going to trial. We view trial as an opportunity for client success, not a crisis. Our trial skills are what allow us to harness the evidence and law necessary to negotiate favorable settlements and to secure dispositive motion victories. For this reason, clients regularly ask us to handle last-minute trials; they engage us to take over for prior counsel who counted on the case to settle or just weren’t prepared to take it all the way when needed.

“Willenken is prepared to aggressively pursue matters and proceed to trial when circumstances warrant .”

Benchmark Litigation

because resolving cases quickly matters

We understand that to companies, litigation has vast business implications. The cost of going to trial, especially in complex business litigation, can be significant. It is often in a company’s best interests to avoid trial, even if it has a strong case. Winning doesn’t always mean trouncing the opposition before the court—it means landing a critical strike at the earliest possible stage. We regularly secure victories by making the right legal arguments in pre-trial motions. This plays to another one of our core strengths: our motion and appellate work experience. Our lawyers routinely represent clients before both trial and appellate courts around the country.

because tackling the tough cases matters

Many clients come to us with difficult cases involving seemingly intractable legal problems or unchangeable damaging facts. But those are the cases we thrive on, because we enjoy and even relish the challenge. We litigate every case with a purpose and our success has always stemmed from partnering with our clients to develop a cogent strategic plan. At the start of each engagement, we work hand-in-hand with our clients to set realistic objectives and define what success means for that particular case—both from a legal and business standpoint. With those established goals in mind, we draw upon our analytical acumen and courtroom experience to formulate a clear, effective strategy. We know which facts really matter, what arguments are key, and which fights to pick. In this fashion, we are able to guide our clients through the toughest of cases.

because earning your trust matters

When clients choose Willenken, we honor their trust by putting all of our skill, spirit, and experience into obtaining favorable results, while protecting their business interests at every stage. Ultimately, trust turns on candid advice. Accordingly, we identify and assess risks and options at all stages of litigation, providing frank advice and reasoned, straight-forward recommendations as to how to proceed. 

“Willenken capably analyzes and handles large, complex business litigation disputes…Their analysis and preparation are thorough, and advice is practical and insightful. Their written work product exceptional, and all the attorneys are highly responsive to any client inquiry.”

— Client to Benchmark Litigation

and you’ll be in good company if you choose us

If you hire us, it will not be a leap of faith, because the marketplace has already objectively validated our quality. It’s fitting that Benchmark Litigation continuously lists us as a “Recommended” firm in California for litigation, and that The American Lawyer referred to use as, “A ‘gutsy’ firm with an ‘enviable client list.'” Our firm has been chosen by a long list of major corporations, including:   

  • McDonald’s
  • Walgreens
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • AbbVie
  • Progressive Insurance
  • J.D. Power
  • Deluxe Corporation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Spectrum Brands
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • SunPower
  • T-Mobile
  • Foxconn
  • Walmart
  • Southern California Edison
  • KeyBank, N.A.
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • AU Optronics
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In summary:

“A ‘go-to’ litigation firm for Top 500 companies.”

Corporate Counsel

We provide first-class service—that’s our priority and our promise. That’s why clients choose us again and again.

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