Mr. Snyder routinely ranks among New York’s leading litigators and trial
lawyers in surveys of corporate counsel. In Chambers
Global and Chambers USA, he
is a top-ranked litigator and trial lawyer described 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.” “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 recent high-profile trial, one
article described Mr. Snyder as “the deadliest trial lawyer in tech.”
Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and
Attorneys recognized him as a “Litigation Star” and as one of the “Top 100
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 filed by Paul
Ceglia, 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 in its
articles naming Gibson Dunn “The 2010 Litigation Department of the Year” and
“The 2012 Litigation Department of the Year.”
A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Snyder is a seasoned trial lawyer with a
breadth of knowledge in virtually all industry sectors. With more than 25 years
of experience, Mr. Snyder has a proven track record of success across many
different practice areas 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: Represened 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Warner Music Group: Represented Warner Music Group in negotiating an
industry-changing settlement concerning the record promotion industry.
- Freddie Mac: Represented Freddie Mac in negotiating new standards for the
home mortgage industry.
Representative copyright, trade secret, trademark, patent, privacy and First
Media and technology clients include Bertelsmann, Hachette, HarperCollins,
Home Box Office, IAC/InterActive, Sony, Sharp, Time Warner, and ValueClick.
- Perella Weinberg: Lead trial counsel to Perella Weinberg in a complex
litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation, fraud, and various breaches
of contract and employment duties in connection with a joint venture. Following
a lengthy discovery period, the litigation was dismissed on behalf of Perella
- Polyvore: Defended Polyvore against trademark, trade dress and slogan
infringement claims brought by the actress Reese Witherspoon that resulted in
dismissal from the suit. In a separate suit, representing Polyvore in two
precedent-setting copyright cases that claim Polyvore is legally responsible for
user-uploaded content that appears on its platform.
- IAC/InterActive: Defended IAC/InterActive in trade secrets misappropriation
action brought in the Southern District of New York that resulted in all of the
trade secrets claims being dismissed on summary judgment.
- Defended numerous technology companies, including a U.S. mobile phone
carrier, Sharp, ValueClick and Violin Memory, in trade secrets cases in courts
throughout the country.
- Won a verdict at the high-profile trial of the case brought against the
Estate of Jonathan Larson challenging Mr. Larson’s authorship of the
Pulitzer-Prize winning Broadway musical “Rent.” The case resulted in the
leading Second Circuit precedent defining co-authorship under the Copyright Act.
- HarperCollins and Jessica Seinfeld: Won summary judgment for HarperCollins
and Jessica Seinfeld in a copyright infringement action involving the New
York Times Number 1 Bestselling book, “Deceptively Delicious.” The
dismissal was affirmed by the Second Circuit.
- Litigated and tried copyright and trademark cases for Sony, Warner Music,
Home Box Office, Bertelsmann and other clients that resulted in important legal
- Sony Pictures: Won an important First Amendment case that reaffirmed the
libel-proof doctrine for Sony Pictures involving the film “Donnie Brasco.”
Mr. Snyder has represented well-known individuals in significant matters,
including Julie Andrews, Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, Anderson Cooper, Cindy
Crawford, Bob Dylan, Phil Falcone, Nancy Grace, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, LeBron
James, Kid Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, The Rolling
Stones, Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Barbara
Walters, Montel Williams, and Mark Zuckerberg.
In addition to his very public litigation work, Mr. Snyder regularly counsels
clients—both corporations and senior executives—in confidential matters,
including criminal and other government investigations that require expert
handling of public relations. These matters include whistleblower cases, fraud
investigations, FCPA and money laundering, obstruction of justice, insider
trading, tax fraud and allegations of personal misconduct.
Mr. Snyder has handled numerous internal investigations involving alleged
insider trading, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax evasion and alleged sexual
harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Mr. Snyder represents, and has represented, numerous nonprofit institutions,
including The Clinton Foundation, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts,
Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Larson Foundation and The Museum of the
Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Snyder was a name partner at Parcher, Hayes
& Snyder, a prominent litigation boutique firm. He also served as an
Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the
Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted organized crime and white
collar crime cases and served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit. As a federal
prosecutor, Mr. Snyder handled one of the largest pension fund fraud
prosecutions ever brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Snyder is active in the community and in public affairs. He is a member
of the Federal Bar Counsel’s Public Service Committee and the Citizens Crime
Commission of New York City. Mr. Snyder was selected to serve on the Transition
Committee of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Mr. Snyder earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Pennsylvania Law
School, cum laude, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan
University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with high