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Recent US achievements

Citing 'landmark matters' and 'general excellence', it is the second year in a row that Law360 has awarded Freshfields this accolade.

See the full list of winners for 2017 and 2018.

Freshfields’s international arbitration practice topped the rankings of Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review’s 2018 list of leading practitioners in the field, with more lawyers recognised in the Arbitration category than any other firm.

The editors cited Freshfields’ global strength as a reason for the strong ranking, stating that 'as well as featuring as one of the leading firms in the European market, Freshfields also illustrates its strong US presence in our research this year'.

Overall, 36 of the firm’s partners, associates, and counsel – representing offices in Washington, DC,  New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Vienna, Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong – were named to the 2018 list.

The firm's global head of international arbitration, Nigel Blackaby, was named as one of eight 'Thought Leaders' in North America and was cited for his 'immense depth of knowledge' and for being 'a zealous advocate for his clients'. Two of his Washington, DC colleagues – partner Caroline Richard and counsel Alexander Wilbraham – were also named to the Arbitration list.

New York partners Elliot Friedman, Brian King ('one of the go-to names' in arbitration), and Noiana Marigo ('She understands damages issues incredibly well') were recognized on the Arbitration list, while associate Ben Love, 'a rock star in his field', was ranked as one of the top 'Most Highly Regarded' non-partners on the Future Leaders list.

Three London partners, Reza Mohtashami ('a top practitioner…pragmatic and technically strong'), Sylvia Noury ('a true expert in the field…the depth of her knowledge is immense') and Nigel Rawding QC, were named to both the Thought Leaders and Arbitration lists, while London partner Will Thomas ('clearly a rising star…a delight to work with, technically excellent and incredibly user-friendly'), and senior associates Leilah Bruton, Michael Kotrly and Oliver Marsden were recognised as Future Leaders.

Paris-based partners Elie Kleiman, Noah Rubins ('One of the most experienced practitioners in the field') and Peter Turner QC ('Extremely impressive') were named to both the Thought Leaders and Arbitration lists, and partner Ben Juratowitch QC ('The best advocate I have come across in my career'), counsel Shaparak Saleh, and senior associates James Shaerf, Gisele Stephens-Chu and Alexandra van der Meulen were named in the Future Leaders list.

Three Frankfurt partners, Christian Duve, Boris Kasolowsky ('a star' in the arbitration space) and Rolf Trittmann, were named to the arbitration list, with the latter two recognised on the Thought Leaders list as well. Frankfurt principal associate Martin Mekat was named a Future Leader. Hamburg partner Hans-Patrick Schroeder ('a very clever advocate') was named a Future Leader.

In Vienna, partners Günther Horvath ('one of the most prominent Austrian arbitration lawyers', also named a Thought Leader) and Jenny Power were recognised for arbitration, and principal associate ('patient and cool in cross-examinations, but always spot on') was named a Future Leader.

In Dubai, partners Erin Miller Rankin and Sami Tannous were recognised in arbitration and counsel Kim Rosenberg was cited as a Future Leader, as was Hong Kong partner John Choong,'an excellent lawyer and an expert in international arbitration'. Singapore partner Nicholas Lingard was named to the arbitration list, and counsel Robert Kirkness to the Future Leaders list.

See the complete lists with commentary for both arbitration and future leaders.

Freshfields’ US offices dominated the rankings in the 2018 Best Law Firms list, co-administered by Best Lawyers and US News & World Report. We earned a total of 25 mentions, with practice groups ranked both nationally and individually in two US markets: New York City and Washington, DC.

Our Tier 1-ranked practice groups included Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (New York)—a new practice this year for Freshfields US—as well as Litigation-Antitrust (National); Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar (New York); and Antitrust Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration – Commercial, and Litigation-Antitrust (Washington, DC).

Other categories in which Freshfields US practice groups were singled out for recognition include Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Tax Law.