Elsberg Baker & Maruri Featured in Lawdragon


NEW YORK – April 2, 2024 – Founding partners Davis Elsberg, Rollo Baker and Silpa Maruri were featured in Lawdragon today, highlighting the firm as a destination for clients looking for experienced and aggressive trial attorneys, and a locus for “relentless and determined litigators who are ready to play hardball in the courtroom.”

The three met at Quinn Emanuel where Elsberg served as the co-chair of the investment fund practice, Baker as co-chair of the corporate governance practice, and Maruri as head of the Delaware practice. While there, the three blazed a trail of trial victories that included “a bevy of precedents, frequently in the business-litigation heavy courts of Delaware and New York.” Elsberg explained to Lawdragon that he, Baker and Maruri always “had the same tilt toward strategy… and the tilt was more toward the aggressive side, and a willingness to make arguments that are novel but solid.”

With trials becoming less common, Elsberg saw an opportunity to appeal to a client base that “want a law firm that is going to present a credible trial threat, one that causes the other side to pause and think about what happens if they move forward.” As Elsberg explained, “We're regularly in court and clients can see that. That can make a big difference when it comes to settling. It’s a very, very different dynamic.”

It was a dynamic that Elsberg brought to his first Quinn Emanuel spinoff firm, where he developed a robust client roster, including an impressive cadre of private equity and hedge funds, and a slate of blue chip companies who turn to him as their strategic advisor and ‘go to’ trial lawyer.

“In the back of our heads, we had a dream that the three of us would work together again,” Baker told Lawdragon. So after six years, they have reunited and the firm is already set to try “at least half a dozen cases this year.”

“The phone has been ringing quite a bit with new and existing clients,” said Baker, “which has been not unexpected, but exciting. It puts all the more pressure on getting our associates up and running, which we're doing now.”

The firm is setting itself apart from recent trends by making all partners equity partners and giving young associates an organic training with firsthand trial and litigation experience. “What we really want is a culture where the associates are working with the partners, and we really speak to each other and have a cohesive collaborative culture,” said Maruri, “We really view our associates as strategic parts of our case, real partners in thinking about and progressing strategy.”

As Baker told Law Dragon, “When you motivate smart people and you treat them right, that's when you’re coming up with case-moving ideas as a team. You can achieve unimaginable results for clients, and you can have people that enjoy their careers and are excited and passionate.”

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