Litigator of the Year: Harold McElhinny
In 2012, Morrison & Foerster's Harold McElhinny convinced a San Jose federal jury that Samsung Electronics infringed Apple Inc. patents for the iPhone and iPad. McElhinny not only won a $1.05 billion verdict, but he worked so efficiently that the Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr lawyers defending Apple from parallel infringement claims had ample time to repel Samsung's attack. Though the verdict was reduced ahead of a November damages retrial, McElhinny's work in round one put Apple on the offense. And after round two Samsung's tab came to $929 million.