Landis C. Best

Partner

212.701.3694 Phone
212.378.2405 Fax
lbest@cahill.com

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
80 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005-1702 vCard

Practices

Education

  • University of North Carolina, B.A., 1988, with honors, John Motley Morehead Scholar
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1992, Order of the Coif

Clerkships/Government Service

  • Honorable William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1993-1994
  • Honorable N. Carlton Tilley, Jr., United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1993-1994
  • The American Arbitrators, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1994-1995

Admissions

  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Washington, D.C.

Landis C. Best is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's litigation practice group, and is Co-Administrative Partner of the Firm. Landis serves on Cahill's Women’s Initiatives, Legal Recruiting, and Information Technology Committees.

Landis's practice covers a broad spectrum, including securities litigation, government investigations, regulatory guidance, First Amendment/media litigation and appellate work. She represents and advises global corporations, multinational finance institutions, and leading media companies on many issues, including representation at various stages of litigation and appeals, as well as before government and regulatory bodies. Landis has represented or is currently representing the following companies and organizations: ABC, AIG, CBS, HSBC, Credit Suisse, The New Yorker, The New York Times Company, The Motion Picture Association of America, Starwood, Time Warner Cable, Zurich Reinsurance, and many others. Benchmark Litigation has recognized Landis as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States.

Landis joined Cahill in 1995 after completing her clerkships, and became partner in 2001.

Professional Activities:

Landis is an active leader within the ABA's Section of Litigation and has held several leadership positions, including: co-chair of the First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee (2002-2006), Co-Managing Director (2011-2012), and National Co-Chair of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (current).  Landis also served on the ABA's Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs (2009-2010). Landis serves as a member of the Rules Committee for the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a frequent lecturer and author on media and communications issues.

  • Representation of large global bank in a multi-year investigation by the Department of Justice, Office of Foreign Asset Controls, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, District Attorney's Office of New York, and the U.K. Financial Services Authority concerning various issues, including the bank's dollar clearing services and Bank Secrecy Act compliance; represented bank in a similar investigation launched by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
  • Representation of a major consumer lending company and certain former officers in a large and complex securities class action; defended company in five week jury trial tried to verdict.
  • Representation of a global company in FCPA compliance matters.
  • Defended a major cable company against a nationwide class action alleging novel claims under the privacy provisions of the Federal Cable Act to a successful resolution.
  • Represented a major communications company in challenges to Federal Communication Commission regulation and proceedings on First Amendment and other grounds.
  • Defended a reinsurance company in breach of contract and tort action, and prosecuted counterclaims to successful resolution.
  • Won dismissal of defamation claims brought by state court judge against a prominent cable company. 
  • Defended a national broadcasting company in a copyright infringement action involving a famous speech that presented novel questions concerning the 1909 Copyright Act and the First Amendment.
  • Secured reversals of contempt judgments against journalists and newspaper in federal appellate court regarding protection of confidential sources.
  • Representation of numerous media companies as amici and submission of briefs amicus curiae in the United States Supreme Court and appellate courts on issues of importance to the media industry.
  • Pro Bono representation on behalf of a class of New York City children against city and state agencies for violation of state and federal law with respect to social services provided to children in child welfare system; partnered with Children's Rights Inc. and litigated to successful settlement.