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Nicholas A. Gravante, Jr.

Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
Administrative Partner and General Counsel
New York, NY, USA

Nicholas Gravante is the Administrative Partner of Boies Schiller & Flexner’s New York City office and also serves as General Counsel to the firm. He has extensive trial experience and his main practice areas include business crimes, complex commercial litigation and antitrust litigation. Mr. Gravante has consistently been honored as one of the country’s top litigators for many years, including by Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America and New York’s Best Lawyers.

Mr. Gravante currently serves as counsel in pending matters to the former CEO of a major insurance company, to Starr International Company and C.V. Starr & Co., both multi-billion dollar investment companies, to the Andy Warhol Foundation, and to several hedge funds. His trial victories in 2014 included securing a $2 billion valuation for the Arizona Iced Tea empire, plus a significant amount of pre- and post-judgment interest, and winning a jury verdict of $175 million against Trinity Industries for making undisclosed changes to highway guardrails that rendered them significantly less safe (which, after penalties, could result in a judgment for the plaintiffs of as much as $1 billion). He has also recently been engaged in representing several groups of bondholders in Argentina's debt crisis litigation and twelve Lloyd’s syndicates in litigation arising out of Hurricane Katrina. Other representative clients of Mr. Gravante's have included Carnival Corporation, Calvin Klein Inc., Current TV, and Tyco International.

Before joining Boies, Schiller & Flexner in June of 2000, Mr. Gravante was a partner at Barrett Gravante Carpinello & Stern LLP. Prior to that, he was associated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and the Law Office of Gerald L. Shargel.

Mr. Gravante has won trials in federal and state courts across the country, including securing acquittals in several high-profile criminal cases. For example, he won a substantial jury verdict in federal court in Los Angeles for a nationally known mystery author against a major publishing house, won the acquittal of a defendant charged with arson in New York State Supreme Court in a groundbreaking "false confession" case, and achieved a hung jury defending an anesthesiologist against insurance fraud charges in a high profile matter in federal court in New York. He presented part of the defense case on behalf of Starr International Company in the firm's trial victory over AIG in a dispute over the ownership of billions of dollars of AIG stock. He also recently represented members of the Vice-President's immediate family, winning an outright dismissal of a well-publicized civil action filed against them.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Gravante serves as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, as a member of the Second Department Judicial Screening Committee, as Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library, and as a member of the boards of trustees for the Community Service Society, Poly Prep Country Day School, and ESS Sheltering Arms.


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