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Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

M.A., with distinction, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

B.A., with honors, Austin College

Law Journals

Editor, Virginia Law Review

Clerkships

Law Clerk for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1998-1999)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Greg's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). His diverse experience includes significant commercial litigation involving contractual, business tort and product liability claims, intellectual property disputes, international arbitrations, and anti-corruption matters.

Among other high-profile matters, Greg represented a patent holder in a successfully settled, multi-party infringement litigation concerning wireless e-mail products and systems; a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed French multinational in a $4 billion securities class action suit (settled for less than $7 million, or less than one percent of the original claims); several oil companies in a breach of contract claim against the U.S. resulting in a $1.8 billion award; a South American pharmaceutical company in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration involving contractual and patent claims; and a European satellite operating company in an ICC arbitration involving multiple contractual and business tort claims and counterclaims.

Greg's FCPA experience runs the gamut, including managing world-wide internal investigations, conducting due diligence on international agents, joint venture partners and other third parties, and designing corporate anti-corruption compliance and training programs.

Representative Experience

Litigation:

  • Represented NTP, Inc. in patent infringement suits regarding wireless email products and systems.
  • Represented Alstom SA in a worldwide securities class action.
  • Represented a South American pharmaceutical company as respondent in an ICC arbitration involving a dispute under a supply agreement and related patent issues.
  • Represented a European satellite operating company as claimant against a major European aerospace company in an ICC arbitration involving claims and counterclaims exceeding $150 million. The case was reported as one of the 20 largest recent international arbitrations in the Summer 2003 American Lawyer.

Anti-Corruption:

  • Represented a NYSE-traded company in connection with an internal investigation relating to business in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa and related Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) inquiries.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in connection with FCPA advice and due diligence regarding business in China, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Central Asia, and Nigeria, among other countries.
  • Represented a leading international logistics company and government contractor on a wide range of anti-corruption matters spanning the globe, including conducting multiple internal investigations and due diligence in connection with mergers & acquisitions and third parties.
  • Advised a private equity company with respect to investments in portfolio companies in countries across Africa and Asia.
  • Advised a leading franchisor with respect to FCPA matters in the UAE, Russia, and China.

Affiliations

  • Board Member, Osgood Center for International Studies
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Policy Committee

Recognitions

  • Received 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

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