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Consistently ranked among the nation’s top trial lawyers, Nicholas Gravante’s practice ranges from criminal and complex commercial cases to securities and antitrust litigation, as well as internal investigations and appeals. For well over a decade, Gravante has consistently been honored as one of the country’s top litigators who handles high profile matters as well as highly-sensitive, confidential matters resolved behind the scenes without press coverage.
Over the last several years, Gravante won the fourth-largest jury award of 2014 and the largest jury verdict ever in a whistleblower case without DOJ intervention. Gravante, a Brooklyn native and New York-based partner of Boies Schiller Flexner, achieved that verdict before an East Texas jury against Texas-based powerhouse Trinity Industries.
Just before that, Gravante led a trial team in Nassau County, New York, to victory on behalf of AriZona Iced Tea founder John Ferolito. After a lengthy trial, the court valued AriZona at approximately $2 billion, defeating claims by Ferolito’s co-owner that AriZona was worth only $300 million. The Trinity and AriZona victories further solidified Gravante’s already well-established reputation as a versatile trial lawyer able to assemble and lead a team capable of handling almost any matter in any venue.
Gravante’s current matters involve representation for clients, including The Related Group, Starr Companies, Kushner Companies, HSBC, Maurice Greenberg, over a dozen Lloyd’s syndicates and a major shareholder in Avianca Airlines. Gravante also represents several large hedge funds and private equity firms. Recently described in the press as the attorney who can “kill a prosecution before you hear about it,” corporate and individual clients routinely turn to him for their most important and sensitive matters.
Some of Gravante’s most notable high-profile successes include winning a substantial jury verdict in Los Angeles for a nationally known mystery author against a major publishing house; prevailing against RICO claims in Louisiana filed against twelve Lloyd’s syndicates in litigation arising out of Hurricane Katrina; winning a dismissal of a well-publicized civil action against members of Vice President Joseph Biden’s immediate family; winning the acquittal of a young man charged with arson in a ground-breaking false confession case; winning an acquittal for three leading New York real estate companies indicted by the Office of the New York Attorney General Office for securities fraud under the Martin Act; representing John Spano, whose purchase of the New York Islanders led to Spano’s federal indictment in three different states as portrayed in HBO’s highly-acclaimed 30-for-30 documentary “Big Shot;” winning a jury verdict vindicating foreign exchange traders at Banque Indosuez accused of executing hundreds of millions of dollars of unauthorized trades; and representing bondholders in connection with Argentina’s debt crisis.
Gravante’s clients have also included Tyco, Inc., Texaco Inc., Calvin Klein Inc., C.V. Starr & Co., International Paper, Sunoco, and famed mystery author Mary Higgins Clark. He recently completed his fourth year as Chair of Brooklyn Public Library’s Board of Trustees and presently serves as Vice-Chair of both the Poly Prep Country Day School and Community Service Society of New York’s Boards of Trustees. In addition to his service as a trustee of the Central Park Conservancy, he is a member of the New York Second Department Judicial Screening Committee and the New York First Department Attorney Disciplinary Committee.
Last updated october 2018