John S. Kiernan Named a “Litigation Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal

7 December 2016

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner John S. Kiernan has been recognized as a 2016 “Litigation Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in its annual list of top lawyers who have “changed the practice in their respective fields through innovative and exceptional legal strategies.”

In recognizing Mr. Kiernan, the National Law Journal stated, “Kiernan works to get clients comfortable with the dichotomy of having someone whose job is to be a relentlessly tireless champion, but also a detached business advisor who looks for opportunities not to litigate.” The publication further noted, “Kiernan also briefly held the record for the largest award ever in a bilateral treaty matter. He is currently representing FanDuel in litigation and negotiations with state attorneys general in response to questions over whether daily fantasy sports contests constitute legal gambling.”

Mr. Kiernan’s litigation practice embraces a broad range of representations in commercial disputes and internal investigations, including matters involving contracts, purchases and sales of businesses, corporate governance, derivative and class action claims, international treaties, securities claims, patents and other intellectual property, consumer fraud, accountant liability and mass torts.

Mr. Kiernan has been Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department since 2002 and is currently President of the New York City Bar Association. He has also chaired numerous committees of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.

In addition to Mr. Kiernan, the National Law Journal also recognized Debevoise partners Luke Dembosky and Jim Pastore as 2016 “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers” and Sarah A.W. Fitts as a 2016 “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer.”

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