Bob Van Kirk Named “General Commercial Litigator of the Year”

March 2023

On March 15, 2023, Benchmark Litigation named Williams & Connolly partner Bob Van Kirk “General Commercial Litigator of the Year.”  The announcement was made at the publication’s Annual Awards Gala held in New York City. 

Bob serves as co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice, which is consistently recognized by leading publications including Benchmark, Legal 500, and Chambers as a go-to practice group for bet-the-company disputes.  Bob has been named by Benchmark as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America for nearly a decade. He has argued successfully at every level of the federal judicial system, including the United States Supreme Court, and appears in federal and state appellate and trial courts across the country representing both corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, and internal and government investigations.  Most recently, Bob’s clients The Carlyle Group, one of its investment funds, and two fund executives, secured a major arbitration victory ending a decade-long dispute related to the fund’s acquisition of a privately-held water system in Missoula, Montana.

Partners David Zinn and Enu Mainigi were also recognized at the Benchmark Litigation Awards.  David was named “White Collar Investigations Lawyer of the Year” and Enu won “Impact Case of the Year.”

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