Power Lawyers 2012
In one month, Petrocelli represented the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. in a trial over broadcast rights to the Golden Globes, appeared on behalf of Warner Bros. at a hearing over who conceived the Tom Cruise hit The Last Samurai and flew to New York for a trial defending Guess against trademark infringement claims from Gucci. He got mixed results (the HFPA lost the first round of its trial, and Gucci beat Guess, but Warners was dismissed from the Samurai case). Now, after settling a major case against Activision over its Call of Duty games, he's focusing on Warners' long-running lawsuit against the heirs of Superman's co-creators and their lawyer, Marc Toberoff.
➻ Worst career moment When a jury pronounced his client, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, guilty. "That still rings in my ears. You don't want to feel like you've let your client down."