Experience

  • Employment Litigation

    • General Electric in defeating an application for a preliminary injunction and then obtaining summary judgment on all claims in an action seeking to prevent GE from hiring a competitor’s engineering and marketing executives.
    • Misys in obtaining an injunction, following a three-day trial, prohibiting a competitor from soliciting the company’s clients and retaining the company’s former employees.
    • A boutique investment bank in several actions to enforce successfully garden leave provisions contained in employment contracts of Managing Directors.
    • A real estate investment trust company in successfully enforcing non-compete obligations contained in employment agreements with former CEO and CIO.
    • A Chief Marketing Officer in obtaining summary judgment that non-compete covenants contained in his severance package were void and unenforceable.
    • A financial services firm and its CEO in successfully resolving a corporate raiding action brought by CEO’s former employer.
    • Smiths Group and its CEO in obtaining dismissal of state law whistleblower and gender discrimination claims asserted by a former Vice President.
    • Forest Labs in defending a whistleblower retaliation claim brought under the False Claims Act.
    • Misys in obtaining summary judgment dismissing a federal lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act based on purported 9/11-related disabilities.
    • A farm operation in successfully resolving, after two days of trial, a multi-plaintiff action asserting age discrimination claims.
    • A class of minority sheet metal workers in winning a contempt judgment against their union, after a three-day trial, based on the union’s discriminatory practices and non-compliance with affirmative action orders. Debevoise handled this matter pro bono.
    • Kellner DiLeo & Co. in successfully settling a class action alleging systemic failure to pay overtime after successfully obtaining dismissal of all state law claims.
    • Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco, in defending action brought by Tyco seeking forfeiture and clawback of compensation and severance benefits.
  • Intellectual Property

    • Yves Saint Laurent in defeating a motion for a preliminary injunction by Christian Louboutin over YSL’s red-soled shoes, and subsequently obtaining dismissal of all claims by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
    • Absolut Spirits in obtaining summary judgment dismissing trade secret and idea misappropriation claims relating to its sponsorship of a reality television show.
    • General Electric, defeating an application for an injunction brought by a competitor based on allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets.
    • Glacéau in obtaining a temporary restraining order against a line of hair care products that infringed the trade dress of Glacéau’s vitaminwater enhanced water beverages.
    • Louis Vuitton in successfully prosecuting trade mark infringement claims relating to Louis Vuitton’s Epi trademarks.
    • Chrysler, prosecuting trade dress infringement claims relating to the Jeep Grille Design.
    • A major software company in winning an injunction prohibiting a competitor from soliciting the company’s clients and retaining the company’s former employees, following a three-day evidentiary hearing.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in the $600 million sale of Creative Circle, a leading professional staffing firm specializing in advertising, creative and marketing talent, to NYSE-listed On Assignment for a mix of stock and cash consideration.
    • Actavis in its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Durata Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for patients with infectious diseases and acute illnesses, for $675 million plus contingent value rights.

Education

  • Yale Law School, 1998, J.D.
  • Tulane University, 1995, B.A.

Languages

  • English