Orin Snyder

Co-Chair, Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Orin Snyder

Orin Snyder

Co-Chair, Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Biography

Orin Snyder is one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers and litigators. The prestigious Chambers USA named Mr. Snyder one of the nation’s six best trial lawyers in the category of "Litigation: Business Trial Lawyers." Mr. Snyder is a Member of Gibson Dunn’s Executive Committee and a litigation partner in the New York office. He is Co-Chair of the Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group and a member of the Crisis Management, White Collar Defense and Investigations, Appellate and Intellectual Property Practice Groups.

Mr. Snyder routinely ranks among the best trial lawyers and litigators in industry surveys. Chambers Global and Chambers USA rank him alongside a select number of lawyers in the category "Nationwide Trial Lawyers," and describes him as "absolutely the best—he’s an aggressive, highly motivated and incredibly effective courtroom litigator," "ultra smart and highly focused," "totally dedicated to winning," with "exemplary trial skills." Mr. Snyder is singled out for being "exceptional in high-stakes commercial litigation." "His performance at trial is masterful." In The Legal 500—US Edition, corporate counsel said, "we always use him as chief litigator," he is "great in court" and has "excellent technical skills." Following his cross-examination in a one high-profile trial, an article described Mr. Snyder as "the deadliest trial lawyer in tech." Mr. Snyder has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Entertainment Law. Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognizes him as a "Litigation Star" and as one of the top "Trial Lawyers in America." The Hollywood Reporter consistently names him to its prestigious "Power Lawyers" list, and Law360 annually recognizes him as a "Litigation MVP." Mr. Snyder was recognized in Variety’s 2013 Legal Impact Report, an annual feature of the top 50 attorneys who "helped shape the face of entertainment." AmLaw Litigation Daily named Mr. Snyder "Litigator of the Week" in March 2014 for his successful representation of Facebook in a breach of contract case, and in October 2012 for his successful representation of Cablevision in its high-profile trial against DISH Network. Mr. Snyder was profiled in The American Lawyer as one of the 45 leading lawyers in the United States under the age of 45. The American Lawyer also featured Mr. Snyder and his cases in its articles naming Gibson Dunn Litigation Department of the Year in 2010, 2012 and 2016.

A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Snyder has a proven track record of success across a broad range of practice areas and industry sectors in courts throughout the country.

Representative Antitrust Cases, Complex Contract Disputes, Class Actions, Fraud Cases and Employment Litigation

Clients include Atari, Bertelsmann, Cablevision, Capital One, Chobani, Conference USA, CNN, Facebook, Home Box Office, NBC Universal, PayPal, Sony, Square, Starbucks, Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Uber, and Warner Music Group.

* Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg: Lead counsel to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in a breach of contract action in federal court in Buffalo, New York, seeking a significant ownership interest in Facebook. Obtained expedited discovery that culminated in dismissal of the action as a fraud on the federal courts. Affirmed by the Second Circuit.
* Square, Inc.: Represented Square and its two co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, in connection with breach of contract, trade secret and other claims brought by an individual alleging a breach of an alleged oral joint venture agreement to form the innovative company.
* Chobani: Represented Chobani founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, in a $1 billion lawsuit brought by plaintiff seeking ownership of the company.
* Uber Technologies, Inc.: Represented Uber in connection with data-privacy dispute with New York City.
* Louis Bacon: Representing Louis Bacon in several lawsuits against Peter Nygard arising from allegations that Nygard has destroyed the environment by illegally expanding the coastline of his Bahamian mansion and orchestrated a “smear campaign” in which Nygard paid proxies to upload videos, publish articles, and hold rallies defaming Louis Bacon.
* Yik Yak, Inc.: Represented the popular social media application Yik Yak and its two co-founders, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, in a lawsuit pending in Georgia State Court brought by a former classmate claiming he was unfairly excluded from owning one-third of the company.
* Perella Weinberg: Represented Perella Weinberg in litigation pending in Nevada State Court in connection with ownership of a real estate shopping mall project in Las Vegas.
* VOOM HD Holdings: As lead trial counsel, obtained a lucrative settlement during a jury trial on behalf of VOOM HD Holdings, a high-definition television subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation, in a multibillion dollar breach of contract action against DISH Network. An aggressive trial strategy resulted in sanctions against DISH Network for destruction of evidence, a decision that was affirmed by the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division in a precedent-setting opinion, and the exclusion of several of DISH Network’s expert witnesses. The settlement, one of the largest in a breach of contract case in New York State Court history, is valued at well over $1 billion.
* Capital One: Lead counsel to Capital One in a breach of employment case against the former chief executive officer of a subsidiary in federal court in Virginia, alleging breach of a restrictive covenant. Obtained a $20 million settlement prior to trial.
* VeriFone, Inc.: Lead trial counsel to VeriFone, Inc. in a breach of contract case in federal court in New York involving digital in-taxi advertising technology.
* NBC Universal: Obtained a rare preliminary injunction victory following a three-day evidentiary hearing for NBC Universal blocking the move of one of cable TV’s most popular programs, “Project Runway,” to Lifetime in a decision that the New York Times reported “stunned parties on all sides of the deal because such injunctions are so rarely granted in entertainment industry disputes.”
* Edgar Bronfman, Jr.: Obtained dismissal of a breach of contract and joint venture case against Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. The dismissal was affirmed by the New York Court of Appeals in an important precedent affirming the application of the Statue of Frauds to oral contract claims.
* Starbucks: Secured a dismissal for Starbucks in its dispute with singer-songwriter Carly Simon over the disappointing sales for her album. Simon filed an amended complaint after the case was first dismissed by a federal court in Los Angeles. Her amended complaint was dismissed with prejudice on the grounds that Starbucks had no duty to disclose its business plans to her because she was a third party with no fiduciary, confidential or transactional relationship to Starbucks.
* Warner Music Group: Won dismissal of consolidated antitrust actions against Warner Music Group in cases challenging practices in the record promotion business.
* Montel Williams and Paramount: Won dismissal of consolidated employment discrimination cases against the popular television talk-show host Montel Williams and Paramount after persuading a federal judge that the case was based upon fraudulent allegations.

Representative matters involving the New York Attorney General

Clients include Aetna, Facebook, Freddy Mac, Goldman Sachs, Vantage Properties, and Warner Music Group.

* Facebook: Represented Facebook in negotiating a groundbreaking settlement with the New York Attorney General in the area of internet safety that was hailed as a model of compliance and resulted in even more visitors to the social networking site.
* Warner Music Group: Represented Warner Music Group in negotiating an industry-changing se

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Co-Chair, Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1986

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the law school of the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the Ivy League, it is among the oldest and most selective law schools in the nation. It is currently ranked 7th overall by U.S. News & World Report, and 1st in terms of career prospects by the Princeton Review, a rank awarded also by the National Law Journal based on placement of graduates in top law firms.It offers the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Comparative Laws (LL.C.M.), and Doctor of the Science of Law (S.J.D.).

BA with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1983

Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. About 2,900 undergraduates—and some 200 graduate students—from around the world pursue their classroom studies, research projects, and co-curricular interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. Here, on a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students learn to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world—that’s what Wesleyan is about.

Career History
Co-Chair, Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice Group
Current

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Partner
Prior
Federal Prosecutor
Prior

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Boards & Committees
Member, Executive Committee
Current

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Director
Current

The David Lynch Foundation helps to prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations through promoting widespread implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) program in order to improve their health, cognitive capabilities and performance in life.

Member, Public Service Committee
Current

The organization began its existence in 1928 as a chapter of a national association of attorneys employed by the federal government. Because the national organization refused to admit African Americans, including Francis P. Giles, an Assistant United States Attorney from the Eastern District of New York, and a number of Assistants from the Southern District of New York, the group broke with the national organization. It was created as a separate organization, the Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, by act of the New York State Legislature, signed into law by then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, effective April 1, 1932. The organization sponsored the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Federal Courthouse at 40 Centre Street, Foley Square, on July 20, 1932, as well as the dinner at the Hotel Commodore upon the opening of the "new" courthouse in 1936. It was instrumental in lobbying for the creation of law clerks for federal district court judges. It participated in pressing for the adoption of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for which it was praised by Dean, later, Judge Charles E. Clark. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes was a frequent attendee at the organization's functions. In 1938, the organization adopted a resolution condemning the Rumanian government for endeavoring to oust Jewish members of the bar from their jobs. The tradition of the Thanksgiving Luncheon dates back to at least 1943. The Law Day Dinner was instituted in 1962. In 1968, the organization changed its name to the Federal Bar Council and made the courts of the Second Circuit its primary focus. The name "Council" was adopted because it reflected the advisory role to the courts which it had historically played, much like the Law Council of Inns of Court in England. In 1969, the Federal Bar Council conducted its first Winter Bench & Bar Conference which has been held every year since. The 2011 Winter Conference will be held at the Hilton Los Cabos, Mexico, with members of the bench and bar, many with their families in tow. The Conference will include 8 CLE programs, receptions and dinners. The Council held its first Fall Bench & Bar Retreat in 2000 with about 30 attendees. The 2010 Retreat welcomed over 200 members of the bench and bar for a weekend that included 5 CLE programs, receptions and dinners in a relaxing setting in the Berkshires

Member, Board of Directors
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Member, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Transition Committee
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$1,000 - $2,499
2010

Greenpeace, Inc. operates as an independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protests and communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Political Donations
$5,400
2015

Senator from Colorado

$1,000
2014

Senator from New Jersey

Awards & Honors
2014
Variety Magazine - Legal Impact Report
Admitted to the New York Bar
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