Three Partners Recognized as Law360 MVPs; One Recognized for Sixth Consecutive Year
Honored as standout attorneys in their fields, three Ropes & Gray partners have been chosen as Law360 2017 MVPs. For the sixth consecutive year, privacy & cybersecurity partner Douglas Meal has been recognized as a “Cybersecurity & Privacy MVP” for his work defending companies that suffer significant cyber incidents. As co-head of Ropes & Gray’s privacy & cybersecurity practice, Mr. Meal has become a nationally recognized leading privacy litigator thanks to over a decade of experience handling the most high-profile data breach disputes – and successfully representing companies involved in highly publicized data security breaches, including Target, Home Depot, Sony, Wyndham, TJX Companies, and many others. Currently, Mr. Meal represents LabMD in LabMD v. FTC, which came before the Eleventh Circuit for oral arguments in June. The case, which is widely viewed as an important test of the FTC’s authority on data security issues, has been acknowledged by Law360 as the most-watched privacy case of the year.
Veteran business & securities litigation partner Harvey Wolkoff has been recognized as an “International Arbitration MVP.” In one of the largest arbitration awards ever decided in Hong Kong or China – and arguably the international arbitration victory of the year – Mr. Wolkoff secured a $98.5 million award on behalf of LoJack Corporation and LoJack Equipment Ireland DAC. The case, in which LoJack alleged breach of warranty against its Chinese battery supplier, required meticulous work to maneuver linguistic barriers and navigate high-tech issues. An exceptional trial lawyer with more than four decades of experience, Mr. Wolkoff routinely steers clients through complex litigation including consumer class actions and business fraud, securities and ERISA litigation, data privacy matters, business contract issues, international arbitrations, and bet-the-company disputes. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Wolkoff has successfully tried and argued high-profile cases in state and federal courts and has won major appellate victories in a number of federal circuit and state courts of appeals.
Private equity transactions partner Taylor Hart was recognized as a “Technology MVP” for his key role in Ropes & Gray’s representation of China Oceanwide in its acquisition of International Data Group and for Berkshire Partners in its acquisitions of Masergy Communications, Curriculum Associates and Accela and the sale of a portion of Access Information Management to GI Partners. This is the latest accolade Mr. Hart has received for capably handing major cross-border technology transactions, and Chambers USA recently noted that Mr. Hart has won client praise for his “levelheaded and detail-oriented” approach to M&A work, leveraged buyouts and other investments.