Massey & Gail made its debut in Benchmark Litigation’s 2020 rankings of leading law firms.

With offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco, Massey & Gail fashions itself as “a different kind of law firm,” with lawyers covering areas of litigation involving administrative, commercial, antitrust, intellectual property and appeals. An appreciative client raves, “Massey & Gail have been working hard on our behalf on an ongoing sales tax issue.”

Chicago’s Leonard Gail has kept particularly active with a varied portfolio of litigation matters over the past 12 months. Gail represented JP Morgan Chase after, in April 2018, plaintiffs brought tort and contract claims against the client for over $100 million. The primary plaintiff is a high-net-worth individual who banked with Chase for a decade. Over nearly a decade, the plaintiffs’ family office manager to whom he had delegated substantial financial authority over his empire was systematically stealing from the plaintiff and his many entities. After the fraudulent scheme was uncovered, the plaintiff blamed Chase for failing to identify what it claims were forged documents and suspicious patterns of activity. In a separate matter, Gail triumphed for this same client after two wealthy foreign nationals filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that they had been defrauded by their former business partners in the US and claimed that the JPMorgan parties had aided and abetted those breaches of fiduciary duty. They sought damages in excess of $88 million, in a trial that lasted more than three weeks and heard testimony from more than 20 witnesses. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the client.

– Benchmark Litigation