Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that partner Andrew Pincus received the 2014 Research & Policy Award at the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit. The annual Legal Reform Awards honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding work has contributed to reforming America’s civil justice system.
ILR recognized Mr. Pincus’ development of research on issues including class actions, securities litigation, patent reform and serial enforcement that have made major impacts on policy development. “His creative and thoughtful policy analysis has been invaluable to ILR’s program during the past decade,” said Lisa A. Rickard, president of ILR.
One of the country’s preeminent appellate litigators, Mr. Pincus has argued 23 cases in the United States Supreme Court, including AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion. At Mayer Brown, he focuses his appellate practice on briefing and arguing cases in the Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts; developing legal strategy for trial courts; and presenting policy and legal arguments to Congress, state legislatures, and regulatory agencies. A former Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Pincus co-founded and serves as co-director of the Yale Law School's Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic, which provides pro bono representation in 10-15 Supreme Court cases each year.
At the request of ILR, Mr. Pincus conducted a 2013 study of how class action litigations benefit individual class members. The study—one of the few to examine class action resolutions in any rigorous way— examined how a neutrally-selected sample set of 148 consumer and employee class action lawsuits filed in or removed to federal court in 2009 actually fared. It found that only a few cases delivered tangible benefits to more than a small fraction of class members, providing far less benefit than proponents of class actions assert. Read the “Do Class Actions Benefit Class Members?” report.
In October 2014, in conjunction with its 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit, ILR released Mr. Pincus’ report “Unprincipled Prosecution: Abuse of Power and Profiteering in the New ‘Litigation Swarm.’” In the report, he examines the harm to businesses and their customers when government enforcement decisions are influenced by government officials' self-interest, investigations and lawsuits are the product of lobbying by self-interested plaintiffs’ lawyers rather than decisions by neutral government lawyers, sanctions are imposed on innocent companies and enforcement actions are based upon novel interpretations of vague laws that no reasonable business could have anticipated. Read the “Unprincipled Prosecution” report.
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial and educational activities at the national, state and local levels. The US Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.