GIDEON A. SCHOR

Partner
Litigation

EXPERIENCE:

Gideon Schor is a partner in Wilson Sonsini's New York office, where his practice focuses on securities, commercial, and appellate litigation.

In the U.S. Supreme Court, Gideon successfully petitioned for certiorari in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County, which addressed whether state courts lack jurisdiction over class actions brought under the Securities Act of 1933. Gideon's petition showed the urgency of a cert grant despite the absence of an appellate conflict or even an opinion below. Empirical Scotus recently reviewed cert petitions for quality of argument: in a field of some 7,000 petitions filed and 80 granted, Gideon's ranked No. 6.

Previously, Gideon successfully petitioned for certiorari and argued in U.S. ex rel. Eisenstein v. City of New York, which concerned appellate jurisdiction. He has also made several amicus filings, including a brief on behalf of geneticist Eric Lander that carried the day at oral argument in Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. In the federal circuits, Gideon has litigated more than 200 appeals, and his work has resulted in more than 100 reported decisions.

As a securities litigator, Gideon has won dismissals of numerous cases, including securities fraud class actions against LifeLock, a Section 11 class action against Xinhua Finance Media, an M&A action against Goldman Sachs (followed by a fee award to Goldman Sachs of $1.1 million), and a derivative action against Hewlett-Packard. In Delaware and elsewhere, he has shut down multiple injunctive challenges to proposed mergers. In addition, he successfully represented Google in litigation challenging the issuance of non-voting stock, and Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook et al. v. Eduardo Saverin. Currently, Gideon represents Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, NantKwest, and NantHealth in IPO-related litigation.

Gideon joined Wilson Sonsini from Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), where he served as director of litigation for the Americas from 2003-05. During his tenure, he was responsible for the company's civil litigation docket in North and South America, specializing in securities underwriting, investment banking, derivatives, asset management, and real estate. He conducted numerous internal investigations, chaired CSFB's e-discovery project, and worked with counsel at other banks on industry-wide matters.

Prior to CSFB, Gideon spent 13 years in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was appointed chief appellate attorney in 1999. He supervised all of the federal government's civil appellate litigation in the Second Circuit, including recommendations to the U.S. Solicitor General concerning Supreme Court review. In addition to his appellate docket, Gideon maintained a steady trial practice, representing dozens of federal agencies in complex regulatory and constitutional matters and focusing on commercial fraud, the False Claims Act, and civil RICO. In 2001, he received the Justice Department's Award for Superior Performance.

In 1989-90, Gideon clerked on the Second Circuit for the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard. As an adjunct professor at New York Law School and Fordham Law School, he has taught conflict of laws and legal writing. Gideon has also served on the Amicus Committee of the Securities Industry Association.

SELECT CLIENTS:
  • 3Com
  • Accuray
  • Allot Communications
  • Altera
  • AU Optronics
  • Bank of New York
  • Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
  • Brocade
  • Caris Diagnostics
  • Cineplex Entertainment
  • Clear Channel
  • Credit Suisse
  • Cyan
  • Dr. Eric Lander
  • Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Facebook
  • Franklin Templeton
  • Fusion-io
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • GTNX
  • Harmonic
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • InterDigital
  • Jive
  • LifeLock
  • Live Nation
  • Mohr, Davidow Ventures
  • Mylan Laboratories
  • NantHealth
  • NantKwest
  • Nasdaq
  • NCsoft
  • NetApp
  • NYSE
  • OmniVision
  • Perlegen Sciences
  • Prof. Joseph Grundfest
  • Quantum
  • Retail Litigation Center
  • Salesforce.com
  • Snap
  • Stryker
  • TD Ameritrade
  • TechNet
  • Tokai
  • Twitter
  • USANA
  • U.S. Chamber Litigation Center
  • Wright Medical
  • Xinhua Finance Media
  • ZAGG
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989
    Cum Laude
  • A.B., Classics and History, Harvard College, 1985
    Magna Cum Laude; Corey Prize for excellence in classical studies and archeology
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Compliance and Legal Division
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Past Member, Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Adjunct Professor, New York Law School. Course: Domestic and International Conflict of Laws
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Fordham Law School. Course: Legal Writing
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, ARTICLES, AND SUBMISSIONS:
  • Author, Brief of Amici Curiae Law Professors and Former SEC Officials in Support of Petition for Permission to Appeal Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(f), In re Big Lots, Inc., et al., United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, No. 17-303
  • Author, Brief for Amicus Curiae TechNet in Support of Plaintiff-Appellee, Palantir USG, Inc. v. United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 2017-1465
  • Co-author, Brief for amici curiae Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc., Exo Incubator, Inc., and Michael Heltzen in support of petitioner, Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al., On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 15-1182
  • Co-author, Brief for amici curiae Population Diagnostics, Inc., Avant Diagnostics, Inc., Personalis, Inc., Linda Bruzzone, and Erin Marie Mading in support of petitioner, Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al., On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 15-1182
  • Co-author, Brief of Amici Curiae Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc., Personalis, Inc., and Population Diagnostics, Inc. in Support of Appellants' Petition for Rehearing En Banc, Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 2014-1139, -1144
  • "Attorney: Myriad Decision Shows SCOTUS Striking Necessary Patent Law Balance," Corporate Law Report, JD Supra, June 14, 2013
  • "SCOTUS: Human Genes Cannot Be Patented. Is This the End or Beginning of Genetic Research?" JD Supra Law News, June 13, 2013
  • "Risk Disclosure and Liability Issues," Securities Filings 2018, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, August 17, 2018
  • "Risk Disclosure and Liability Issues," Securities Filings 2017, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, September 8, 2017
  • "Risk Disclosure and Liability Issues," Securities Filings 2016, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, September 8, 2016
  • "Risk Disclosure and Liability Issues," Securities Filings 2015, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, September 4, 2015
  • "Risk Disclosure and Liability Issues," Securities Filings 2014, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, September 5, 2014
  • "Risk Disclosure and Liability Issues," Drafting Securities Filings 2012, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, September 28, 2012
  • "Risk Disclosure and Liability Issues," Drafting Securities Filings 2010, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, October 15, 2010
  • "Risk Factor Disclosure," Securities Filings 2009, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, October 16, 2009
  • "Risk Factor Disclosure," Securities Filings 2008, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, October 17, 2008
  • "Risk Factor Disclosure: The Litigation Perspective," Securities Filings 2007, Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, October 19, 2007
  • "Internal Investigations," Presentation to Israel Securities Authority, New York, New York, June 6, 2007
  • "Day to Day Management of Legal Holds and Discovery," Discovery Essentials Boot Camp, New York, New York, June 7, 2006
  • "Finding and Leveraging Talent — Ramping Up Your Team," Plan of Action Series, Global Retention Programs, Webcast May 9, 2006
  • "E-Discovery and E-Document Retention: Perspectives, Cases, Requirements, Strategies," Greater New York Hospital Association Briefing on Record Management Strategies and E-Discovery Developments, New York, New York, February 9, 2006
  • "New Expectations for Process Integrity & Efficiency," From Retention to Preservation Conference, New York, New York, January 26, 2006
  • "The Due Diligence and Reliance Defenses in WorldCom: Retrospect and Prospect," 33rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Northwestern University School of Law, Coronado, California, January 19, 2006
  • "Creating and Enforcing Successful Document Retention and Preservation Policies," Internal and Government Investigations Conference, New York, New York, November 11, 2005
  • "Taming the e-Discovery Beast: Creating and Implementing a Data Life-Cycle Management Policy," Legal and Strategic Guide to e-Discovery Conference, New York, New York, September 29, 2005
  • "Corporate Strategies and Best Practices for Information Preservation and Production," New Standards in Discovery Conference, New York, New York, July 12, 2005
  • "E-Discovery and Records Management Issues," Meeting the Challenges of Today's Electronic Discovery Conference, New York, New York, February 3, 2005
  • "Best Practices for Managing and Preserving Electronic Information," Legal and Strategic Guide to e-Discovery Conference, New York, New York, November 11, 2004
ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of New Jersey
  • State Bar of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court