WMH Partners Walden, Haran, Cohen, Udell, and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice Earn Rankings in Chambers USA 2021
May 20, 2021
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Walden Macht & Haran LLP (WMH) is pleased to announce that the firm’s White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations practice and partners Jim Walden, Sean Haran, Derek Cohen, and Jeffrey A. Udell have been recognized by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers USA 2021: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide.
Ranked for the fourth consecutive year as a leading lawyer in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations—New York,” Chambers describes Walden as a “tremendous lawyer and teacher.” A source adds, he brings tremendous judgment and great client service.
Recognized as a leading lawyer for the second year in the same category, a source shared with Chambers that Haran is “a strategic thinker with a calming presence in the midst of crisis situations and able to put his clients at ease,” while another adds, “he distills complex matters to their essence.“
Cohen is described as “a dynamic trial lawyer who is well respected by the bench, and a real anchor at the firm.” Another source adds, “what sets him apart from others is his ability to see the current issues and predict the future ones. He understands the law and has good instincts about how a judge will react to arguments. He can translate the complicated into the simple, and is a master in front of juries.“
Sources describe Udell as “able to identify issues and propose solutions to them,” and “a great strategic thinker and writer who is good at complex briefs.”
WMH is ranked among just 15 other firms in “Litigation: Specialist Firms in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in New York.” Chambers describes WMH as having a “fast-growing reputation for its sophisticated representation of clients facing criminal enforcement actions” and comments on the firm’s ability “to draw on a bench of impressive multiple former prosecutors to act for both companies and individuals in SEC and DOJ investigations, as well as criminal trials.” It also highlights WMH’s “expertise in handling sensitive internal investigations and acting in corporate monitorship positions.” The publication shares feedback from interviews it conducted, including:
“The great thing about the firm is that it has the resources to handle significant matters while providing real hands-on attention and leadership.”
“They value diversity,” observes a source, who adds: “Their talent is really well defined.”
Another interviewee considers the team to be simply “excellent.”
Widely recognized by the legal profession as one of the most prestigious lawyer directories in the world and often referred to as the “gold standard” in attorney rankings, Chambers identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. They assess leading lawyers based on legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. The rankings are also based on thousands of interviews conducted by a team of over 170 editors and researchers.