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Orin Snyder is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers and litigators. A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Snyder is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Chambers has named him one of the five top commercial trial lawyers in the United States. The prestigious Chambers USA 2018 ranks him in Band 1 in New York for both General Commercial Litigation and Media & Entertainment Litigation, and among the top Trial Lawyers in the country. Mr. Snyder is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group.
Awards and Recognition
Chambers Global and Chambers USA have described Mr. Snyder 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.” He is singled out for being “exceptional in high-stakes commercial litigation.” “His performance at trial is masterful.” In his Chambers USA 2018 Band 1 General Commercial Litigation ranking, one client remarked: “He is just a very, very talented trial lawyer but also someone who is a great litigator and very strategic. He is the perfect storm.” In his 2018 Band 1 Media & Entertainment Litigation ranking, clients describe him as “a heavyweight in the industry who makes things happen.”
In The Legal 500 – United States, corporate counsel state that “we always use him as chief litigator,” he is “great in court” and has “excellent technical skills.” Following his cross-examination in one high-profile trial, an article described Mr. Snyder as “the deadliest trial lawyer in tech.” Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States, recognizes 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 recognizes him as a “Litigation MVP.” Mr. Snyder was named to Variety’s 2018 Legal Impact Report, an annual list of the leading lawyers in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Snyder has a proven track record of success across a broad range of practice areas and industry sectors in courts throughout the country.
Mr. Snyder represents clients across a wide range of industry sectors and practice areas. Clients in the technology industry include Facebook, PayPal, Uber, Square, Yahoo, Infor, Machine Zone, VeriFone, Inc., Hyperloop One Technologies, Polyvore and Violin Memory. Media and entertainment clients have included Time Warner, NBC Universal, Sony, AMC Networks, Warner Music Group, Cablevision, DISH Network, Rocket Music Entertainment Group, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Home Box Office, and Cable News Network. Additional notable work has involved matters for clients such as MacAndrews & Forbes, Goldman Sachs, Aetna, Freddie Mac, Perella Weinberg, Chobani, PepsiCo, Starbucks and Capital One.
Mr. Snyder has represented well-known individuals in significant matters, including Julie Andrews, Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, Gary Cohn, Anderson Cooper, Cindy Crawford, Diddy, Bob Dylan, Phil Falcone, Nancy Grace, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, LeBron James, Elton John, Kid Rock, Lady Gaga, David Letterman, Jennifer Lopez, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Hamdi Ulukaya, Barbara Walters, Montel Williams and Mark Zuckerberg.
Mr. Snyder has represented numerous nonprofit institutions, such as The Clinton Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Center for Reproductive Rights, 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 American Indian.
Technology Industry Experience
Mr. Snyder is one of the go-to lawyers for Silicon Valley and other technology companies, representing clients in some of today’s most high-profile cases. Clients include companies, executives and funds. Mr. Snyder has represented Facebook in some of its most significant matters dating back to 2007. He presently represents the company in securities and consumer class actions and other related matters in connection with the misuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica. Mr. Snyder has also represented Uber in a variety of high-profile matters, including important regulatory questions. Mr. Snyder also has represented Rubicon Global in antitrust matters; Blink Health, Machine Zone and other clients in trade secret and commercial disputes; Facebook, Square, Hyperloop One and Yik Yak in founder litigation; and VeriFone in litigation involving digital in-taxi advertising technology.
Media and Entertainment Experience
Mr. Snyder represents both digital and traditional media and entertainment clients, which often seek him out for their bet-the-company cases. Mr. Snyder is lead counsel defending AMC Networks Inc. in the biggest profit participation cases ever brought in the cable television industry relating to the hit show “The Walking Dead.” For VOOM HD Holdings, a former subsidiary of Cablevision, he obtained a lucrative settlement as lead trial counsel during a jury trial in a multibillion-dollar breach of contract action against DISH Network. The settlement, one of the largest in a breach of contract case in New York State court history, was valued at well over $1 billion. For NBC Universal Mr. Snyder obtained a rare preliminary injunction victory following a three-day evidentiary hearing, blocking the move of one of cable TV’s most popular programs, “Project Runway,” to Lifetime. And for Home Box Office he litigated and tried copyright and trademark cases that resulted in important legal precedents. Mr. Snyder also represents prominent individuals – including Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John, Lady Gaga, and David Letterman – in their litigation matters.
General Commercial Litigation
Mr. Snyder’s broad trial lawyer practice has encompassed a wide range of other commercial matters. For example, he successfully represented the Chobani founder and CEO in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit brought by an individual seeking ownership of the company. For Starbucks he secured dismissal in a dispute with singer-songwriter Carly Simon over the disappointing sales for her album. For Capital One he obtained a high-value settlement before trial against a former chief executive officer alleged to have breached a restrictive covenant. And for Perella Weinberg he successfully served as lead trial counsel in complex litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation, fraud, and various breaches of contract and employment duties in connection with a joint venture.
New York Attorney General Experience
Mr. Snyder’s practice extends to high-stakes matters involving the New York Attorney General. Among his achievements for clients is a groundbreaking settlement that he negotiated for Facebook in the area of Internet safety that was hailed as a model of compliance. For Warner Music Group he negotiated an industry-changing settlement concerning the record promotion industry. And for Freddie Mac he negotiated new standards for the home mortgage industry.
In addition to his very public litigation work, Mr. Snyder regularly works in the regulatory and investigative arena, counseling clients – both corporations and senior executives – on confidential issues, such as criminal and other government investigations that require expert handling of public relations. These matters include whistleblower cases, FCPA and money laundering, sanctions, fraud investigations, obstruction of justice, insider trading, tax fraud and allegations of personal misconduct. He 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 often acts as an advisor to the CEOs of large companies, founders and fund owners in connection with strategic planning, governance, and other corporate topics and concerns.
Boards and Other Professional Affiliations
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 served on the Transition Committee of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the David Lynch Foundation.
Prior Professional Experience
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 U.S. Attorney in the U.S. 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 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 honors.
University of Pennsylvania - 1986 Juris Doctor
Wesleyan University - 1983 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar