GIR Awards 2022: Most Important Court Case of the Year

GIR unveils another shortlist for its eighth annual awards ceremony to be held in Washington, DC, on 17 November.

Read on for the nominees in the Most Important Court Case of the Year category. 

The shortlists for further award categories will be released in the coming days. 

The black-tie event includes a drinks reception and dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in DC and is held in support of the Swawou Layout Girl’s School in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which helps disadvantaged girls in the region.

On the night, GIR will celebrate the people and firms behind the investigations and court cases that have impressed the most in the past year.

We will also unveil the GIR 30, our ranking of law firms’ investigations practices, based on our annual research for the GIR 100 – our guide to the best investigations firms.

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If you have worked on one of these below cases and your name is not listed, please let us know.

Most Important Court Case of the Year

Counsel to Matthew Connolly

Paul Hastings/Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Partners Kenneth Breen and Phara Guberman in New York*

*The lawyers joined Cadwalader in September.

Counsel to Gavin Black

Levine Lee

Partners Seth Levine, Scott Klugman and Miriam Alinikoff in New York

Counsel to Lawrence Hoskins

Clifford Chance

Partners Christopher Morvillo, Daniel Silver, Celeste Koeleveld and associates Benjamin Peacock and Brian Yin in New York

Counsel to Gregg Smith

Kobre & Kim

Jonathan Cogan, Matthew Menchel and Sean Buckley in New York, and Leanne Bortner in Washington, DC

Counsel to Michael Nowak

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Partner David Meister and counsel Chad Silverman in New York, and partner William Ridgway in Chicago

Counsel to Jeffrey Ruffo

Petrillo Klein & Boxer

Partner Guy Petrillo and partner Daniel Goldman in New York

Jones Day

Partner Bethany Biesenthal in Chicago

Counsel to Ziad Akle

QEB Hollis Whiteman

Adrian Darbishire KC in London

Instructed by

Paul Hastings

Partners Joanna Dimmock and Jonathan Pickworth in London

Counsel to JPMorgan

Fountain Court Chambers

Rosalind Phelps KC, David Murray and Aaron Taylor in London

Instructed by

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Partner Sarah Parkes in London

Counsel to ENRC

Matrix Chambers

Clare Montgomery KC in London

Essex Court Chambers

Nathan Pillow KC, Tim Akkouh and Freddie Popplewell in London

One Essex Court

Anna Boase KC, James MacDonald, Alyssa Stansbury and Matthew Hoyle in London

Erskine Chambers

Jack Rivett in London

Instructed by

Hogan Lovells

Partner Michael Roberts in London

Counsel to Shell


Partner Francien Rense and consultant Rob van der Hoeven in Rotterdam

Debevoise & Plimpton

Partner Bruce Yannett in New York

Counsel to Shell’s in-house lawyers


Partner Daan Doorenbos and junior associate Nikita Nowotny in Amsterdam

Van Doorne

Adviser Ed van Liere and lawyers Frederike Ahlers and Rutger ten Ham in Amsterdam

Counsel to Shell

Debevoise & Plimpton

Partner Bruce Yannett and counsel Erich Grosz in New York

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Partners Bruno Cova and Francesca Petronio in Milan

Counsel to Eni

Studio Legale Nerio Diodà

Nerio Diodà, Elena Vedani, Valeria Torresin, Federico Luppi, Massimiliano Diodà, Simone Giuliani, Riccardo Gussoni, Paolo Vivian and Elisa Taglietti in Milan

Counsel to Claudio Descalzi

Studio Legale Paola Severino

Paola Severino in Rome

Counsel to Malcolm Brinded

Studio Legale Mucciarelli

Francesco Mucciarelli, Marco Calleri and Andrea Rossetti in Milan

Slaughter and May

Partner Richard Swallow in London

Counsel to John Copleston

Giuseppe Bianchi in Milan

McDermott Will & Emery

Partner Simon Airey in London

Counsel to Guy Colegate 

Giuseppe Bianchi in Milan

Studio Legale PLF

Nicoletta Parvis in Milan

Charles Russell Speechlys

Partners Rhys Novak and Caroline Greenwell in London

Counsel unknown

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