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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 more than a decade, Gravante has consistently been honored as one of the country’s top litigators and is a member of his firms Executive Committee
In the last few years alone, Gravante’s trial team won the fourth-largest jury award of 2014 and the largest award ever in whistleblower case without DOJ intervention. Gravante, a Brooklyn native and New York-based partner of Boies Schiller Flexner, prevailed in that matter before an East Texas jury, devising a strategy that won a $663 million judgment against Texas-based powerhouse Trinity Industries.
A few months earlier, Gravante led a trial team in Nassau County, New York, to victory on behalf of AriZona Iced Tea founder John Ferolito. After the 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 Maurice Greenberg, The Related Group, Starr International Company, Kushner Companies, Lloyds of London, and a major shareholder in Avianca Airlines. Gravante also represents several large hedge funds and private equity firms.
Some of Gravante’s most notable high profiles successes for clients 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 filed against members of Vice President Joseph Biden’s immediate family; winning the acquittal of a young man charged with arson in New York in a ground-breaking false confession case; winning an acquittal for three leading New York real estate companies indicted by the New York Attorney General’s 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; representing bondholders in connection with Argentina’s debt crisis litigation; and, most recently, successfully settling through mediation a difficult family dispute involving tens of millions of dollars of New York City real estate.
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 is currently serving his fourth term as Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library Board of Trustees. He’s also a trustee of the Central Park Conservancy, Poly Prep Country Day School, and the Community Service Society of New York.
Last Updated 29th September 2017