Willenken Recognized by Benchmark Litigation for the Sixth Consecutive Year

    Willenken and its partners Eileen Ahern, Paul Loh, Amelia Sargent, and Jason Wilson were once again featured by Benchmark Litigation, a leading guide that ranks elite litigation firms in North America for their excellence in litigation and client service.

    In the 2023 Benchmark Litigation edition, Willenken is recognized as a “Recommended” firm for litigation and dispute resolution. The firm is also listed in tier two in the California practice area rankings for Los Angeles. Partners Eileen Ahern, Paul Loh, Amelia Sargent, and Jason Wilson are each recognized as “Litigation Stars” in the nationwide publication. This ranking is reserved for lawyers who are consistently recommended as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.

    Clients spoke candidly to Benchmark Litigation researchers about their experience with the firm describing the firm as a litigation-specific shop that is noted for its “trial acumen with California-centric cases” and lauded for its “efficient staffing, effective strategies and excellent communications.” Clients characterize the firm’s attorneys as “excellent in terms of providing responsive, cost-efficient, and insightful services that are always geared toward obtaining the best result at the earliest juncture.”

    Benchmark Litigation also stated that “Paul Loh has been acknowledged as the firm’s premier trial lawyer, with more than 110 cases under his belt. He notches another win this year, leading a team that secured a significant trial victory in the first phase of a high-stakes breach of contract case on behalf of AbbVie Endocrine in Delaware Chancery Court against Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, accusing Takeda of failing to supply AbbVie’s requirements for Lupron, an androgen deprivation therapy entity. The case proceeds to trial in 2022 on the second phase of the case to determine the amount of damages to be awarded to AbbVie for Takeda’s breaches. Other members of the team include Jason Wilson and Amelia Sargent, both of whom have been increasingly stepping to the fore and burnishing their battle-ready credentials.”

    In addition, Benchmark Litigation reported that “[c]lass-actions specialist Eileen Ahern represented ATM provider Cash Depot in a putative consumer class action alleging false advertising and unfair competition regarding allegedly unauthorized charges for balance inquiries at ATM machines. Ahern filed a motion to dismiss the complaint that was granted in full. A significantly narrowed, amended complaint was filed, pared from five claims down to two, for which only restitution and injunctive relief could be sought on behalf of a narrowed class. Shortly thereafter, Cash Depot and the plaintiff settled on an individual basis, and the claims against Cash Depot were dismissed.”

    See Benchmark Litigation’s full coverage of the firm here.


    Now in its 16th year of publication, Benchmark Litigation is the only independent guide focused exclusively on identifying and ranking leading litigation attorneys and firms at the local and national levels in North America. The ranking results are the culmination of a six-month research period during which researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. The researchers examine recent casework handled by the firms and ask sources to offer their professional opinions on litigators practicing within their state or national practice areas.

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