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Landis C. Best

Landis C. Best


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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005



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

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, 1992-1993
  • The American Arbitrators, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1994-1995


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  • North Carolina
  • Washington, D.C.

Landis C. Best is a member of the Executive Committee, chair of the Women’s Initiatives Committee and a partner in Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s litigation practice group.

Landis represents global corporations, multinational financial institutions, and leading media companies in litigation and appeals, as well as before government and regulatory bodies. Her practice covers a broad spectrum of matters, including securities litigation, government investigations, insurance disputes, regulatory guidance, First Amendment/media litigation, intellectual property matters, and appellate work. Landis recently completed work as a senior leader of the legal team supporting the DOJ-appointed Monitor of Toyota Motor Corp.  She was also part of the legal team that represented HSBC in a multi-year government investigation into allegations of Bank Secrecy Act and Trade Sanctions violations. Landis has represented or is currently representing the following companies and organizations: ABC, AIG, CBS, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Natixis, The New Yorker, The New York Times Company, The Motion Picture Association of America, Starr Global Holdings, Starwood, Time Warner Cable, and Zurich Reinsurance among others.

A partner since 2001, Landis joined Cahill in 1995 after completing her clerkships for the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court; the Honorable N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina; and the American Arbitrators, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Landis is named as a top litigator by Chambers USA in Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation and is a Legal 500 recommended lawyer for general commercial litigation. Benchmark Litigation has recognized Landis as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation and as a Local Litigation Star in the United States and is listed in Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America and 500 Leading Litigators in America guides. In 2022, Landis was named a Notable Diverse Leader in Law by Crain’s New York Business.

Professional Activities:

Landis has been 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), National Co-Chair of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (2015-2017), and Chair of the Attorney-Client Privilege Task Force (2018-2019).  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.

  • Counsel to the independent, DOJ-appointed Monitor of Toyota Motor Corporation throughout a three-year monitorship focusing on safety and the accuracy of Toyota’s public statements.
  • Representation of scholars and experts in antitrust economics as amici curiae in Ohio v. American Express Co., 138 S. Ct. 2274 (2018).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.