Daily Journal Names Goetz, Petrocelli, and Fisher to “Top 100 Lawyers” ListSeptember 15, 2021
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LOS ANGELES—September 15, 2021—The Daily Journal named O’Melveny partners Richard Goetz and Daniel Petrocelli and special counsel Jeffrey Fisher to its list of “Top 100 Lawyers” for 2021. The annual list recognizes “California lawyers doing cutting-edge legal work.”
In its profile of Goetz, who serves as co-chair of O’Melveny’s Litigation Department, the Daily Journal noted his successful representation of insurance provider Chubb against an onslaught of Covid-related litigation. “Early in the pandemic, Goetz blocked plaintiffs’ effort to centralize hundreds of cases by successfully arguing before a multidistrict litigation judicial panel that proceeding for different claims under different policies issued by different insurers based on different government orders would be an unwieldy courtroom ‘nightmare,’” wrote the Daily Journal. The publication also noted Goetz’s defense of Amylin Pharmaceuticals against more than 1,000 claims made by plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation in both federal and state court, as well as his role helping to guide the O’Melveny team representing Johnson & Johnson in more than 3,000 opioid cases nationwide.
This is the ninth consecutive year that the Daily Journal has named Petrocelli to the “Top 100” list, calling him “one of the nation’s busiest and most in-demand litigators.” Petrocelli, who serves as co-vice chair of the firm and chair of the firm’s Trial Practice, told the Daily Journal that he has “no fewer than 10 trials set over the next year or so” due to “pent-up demand” with courts re-opening after pandemic closures. The Daily Journal noted Petrocelli’s work in several “headline-grabbing cases,” including representing Google in ongoing antitrust litigation, as well as a recent win he secured for DirecTV in a case concerning the NFL’s “Sunday Ticket” package. “Stay tuned,” Petrocelli said, “courtrooms are opening up, trials are taking place, and it’s shaping up to be a whirlwind couple of years.”
In its profile of Fisher, the Daily Journal noted that he “argued and won… at the U.S. Supreme Court this past term... in a pair of very different criminal cases.” In Lange v. California, Fisher argued that warrants are sometimes required when a police officer in “hot pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanant” chases a suspect into their home. In Van Buren v. United States, Fisher secured a victory that “limited the application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 primarily to computer hacking.” Fisher, who also serves as co-director of Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, told the Daily Journal that he is committed to mentoring “the next generation of Supreme Court lawyers.” He added, “I’m sometimes arguing against my former students… That’s a huge amount of pleasure for me.”
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