Veronica S. Moyé is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Dallas office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Global Litigation Practice Group. She serves as lead counsel on highly complex matters in a wide variety of disciplines, including antitrust, intellectual property, class actions, and commercial/business disputes. She currently serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee and has previously served a term on both the Firm’s Management and Executive Committees. She is nationally recognized for her abilities and accomplishments as a trial lawyer.
Most recently in 2022, Ms. Moyé was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Dallas Bar Association and to Benchmark’s “Top 10 Women in Litigation” list. Benchmark Litigation US also named Ms. Moyé to its 2021 “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” list. BTI Consulting named Ms. Moyé to its 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars list, and, in 2015, to its list of Client Service All-Star MVPs. The list features an “elite group of standout attorneys” identified by corporate counsel as those who provide “the absolute best client service,” demonstrating attributes such as “putting the clients’ needs first, understanding the clients’ legal and business objectives – and how legal advice impacts them, responsiveness, anticipating the needs of clients – and proactively solving or preventing issues, achieving the clients’ targeted goals.” She has been recognized for her antitrust work by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2010-2022. She was included on “The Defenders” list of the best defense lawyers in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal in 2009, as a result of the unanimous defense verdict she obtained when representing writer, producer, director, and actor Tyler Perry during trial of a copyright infringement claim in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She was also named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Antitrust (2013-2023). Texas Lawyer named Ms. Moyé one of the Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law in 2015, and Dallas Business Journal named her one of the leading Women in Business in North Texas in 2011.
Ms. Moyé previously served as general counsel of the nation’s largest healthcare Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), and in that role, she had overall responsibility for all legal matters as well as for advising the company’s senior management, board of directors, and business units regarding the numerous antitrust, congressional/DOJ/HHS investigation, legislative, procurement, and compliance issues it faced. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2011, she was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins, where she was a member of that firm’s Management Committee and Co-Head of its Antitrust Practice Group.
Ms. Moyé received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986. She holds a S.B. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she graduated in 1983.
Ms. Moyé is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, New Jersey and Texas. She is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
- Served as co-lead trial counsel for a leading technology firm defending unprecedented antitrust claims attacking the firm’s core business model. Following a three-week bench trial in May 2021, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, which was described in the press as “the Super Bowl of Antitrust,” the Court ruled in our client’s favor on all antitrust claims.
- Presently defending Merck in Eastern District of Virginia class and direct purchaser actions contending Merck’s prior settlement of a patent infringement action included provisions that constituted an unlawful agreement not to compete and a conspiracy to delay generic entry in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
- Presently defending Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a Northern District of California action where Oracle asserts copyright infringement and tort claims.
- Presently defending Tenet Healthcare and United Surgical Partners, Inc. in consolidated Northern District of Illinois class actions alleging the defendants entered into “no-poach” agreements not to hire each other’s employees.
- Represented Southern Methodist University in Texas state court action where a division of the United Methodist Church sought to void the University’s amended Articles of Incorporation; successfully obtained dismissal of all claims at the trial court level.
- Lead counsel for BNSF Railway when it was able to successfully defeat class certification in a United States District Court for the District of Columbia action alleging a conspiracy to fix the prices of fuel surcharges in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act had caused $30+ billion in damages.
- Lead counsel for Tenet Healthcare when it was able to successfully defeat class certification in an action alleging a conspiracy to suppress nurse wages in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
- Lead counsel for writer, producer, director, and actor Tyler Perry at trial of copyright infringement action centered on his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” film in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; obtained unanimous defense verdict.
- Lead counsel for BNSF Railway in Northern District of Texas and District of Minnesota proceedings where adversary sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages on trademark infringement claims premised on adversary’s use of internet domain names; obtained summary judgment in both proceedings; secured Fifth Circuit affirmance of Northern District of Texas ruling and Eighth Circuit affirmance of District of Minnesota ruling; also secured denial of petition for certiorari from the Fifth Circuit ruling in the United States Supreme Court; ultimately obtained an order requiring adversary to transfer its internet domain names to the railroad company.
- Obtained “prior restraint” temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing publication of information on the Internet in the District of Minnesota on behalf of BNSF Railway; defeated motions seeking to stay the restraint before the Eight Circuit.
- Lead counsel for Tenet Healthcare in a class action, pending in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans in the State of Louisiana, alleging invasion of patient privacy; settled on very favorable terms.
- Prosecuted Lanham Act and unfair competition claims based on false assertions regarding patent infringement on behalf of memory chip manufacturer in the Eastern District of Texas and based on false assertions regarding comparative analgesic efficacy on behalf of over-the-counter analgesic manufacturer in the District of New Jersey.
- Defended AT&T in nationwide class action alleging false advertising and marketing in New Jersey state court action.
- Defended Verizon in contract and fraud dispute with a vendor who claimed to have the contractual right to develop video-on-demand and home automation products; obtained summary judgment on vendor’s $525 million damages claim; co-lead counsel in two jury New Jersey state court trials on vendor’s claims; obtained remittitur of damages after the first trial; second trial limited to damages only and jury awarded less than the remitted damages.
- Lead counsel for Cal-Maine, the country’s largest shell egg and egg products producer, in a series of class action and opt-out matters, consolidated in a multi-district litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging producers nationwide participated in a supply-restriction scheme designed to fix the prices of eggs and egg products in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act; settled on favorable terms.
- Lead counsel for Tenet Healthcare in a class action, pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleging certain hospitals agreed to exchange compensation information among themselves in a manner that has reduced competition among Detroit-area hospitals in the wages paid to registered nurses in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act; settled on favorable terms.
- Lead counsel for Novation, the nation’s largest healthcare GPO, in a $600 million Eastern District of Texas antitrust action alleging that certain contracting practices constitute unlawful exclusive dealing in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and challenging bundled discount arrangements under Section 2 of the Sherman Act; two co-defendants settled for cash payments of $49 million and $9 million, respectively; Novation settled the matter days prior to trial with no cash payment.
* Includes matters handled prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP