Josh Rosenkranz Honored as an American Lawyer Litigator of the Year for Unprecedented Second Time

American Lawyer | December.20.2017

Congratulations to Josh Rosenkranz for being named a 2018 Litigator of the Year by American Lawyer, the first time a lawyer has been named twice to the distinguished list since it was established six years ago.

Josh, head of Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice, was cited for his string of appellate successes over a two-year period, including his groundbreaking Second Circuit win for Microsoft in one of the most important privacy cases in recent history. (Josh will be arguing the case for Microsoft in the U.S. Supreme Court this term). “Whether for tech giants or financial execs, Joshua Rosenkranz is winning crucial battles and leaving a mark on the law,” the publication said.

In addition to the Microsoft case, American Lawyer cited another major win in the Second Circuit involving a ruling that voided a $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America and a crushing penalty against one of its former executives singled out in a prosecution regarded as the Justice Department’s signature case arising from the 2008 housing crisis. The feature also noted Josh, a rare “outside-the-Beltway SCOTUS litigator, racked up three wins in four arguments, with a fourth case a 4-4 split” during the two-year time frame.

In honoring Josh with the same award in 2012, American Lawyer dubbed him “the Defibrillator” for his ability to revive the toughest cases on appeal. “Rosenkranz still deserves the moniker we once game him – the Defibrillator,” the publication said today.

This is the latest recognition for Josh and Orrick’s appellate team. Earlier this month, Law360 named him an Appellate MVP, and earlier this year the New York Law Journal named him a “Distinguished Leader.” Financial Times previously recognized him as one of the ten most innovator lawyers in North America for securing a Federal Circuit reversal in Oracle v. Google. In addition, the National Law Journal in October named Orrick’s appellate practice to the Appellate “Hot List” for the sixth time.