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Gerald Sobel

Gerald Sobel

Special Counsel

T: +1 212 836 8515
F: +1 212 836 6413

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  • New York University School of Law
    JD, 1963; Law Review, Hays Fellow
  • City College of The City University of New York
    BEE, Electrical Engineering, 1960
  • New School for Social Research
    MA, Economics, 1972


Law Clerk to Hon. Richard H. Levet (SDNY) (1964-65)


  • New York Bar
  • US District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Federal Circuits
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Patent Office

Gerald Sobel is an experienced litigator whose practice is primarily in the areas of patent, antitrust and agreements. He is also active in mediation. 

Gerald has litigated landmark and precedent-setting complex cases, including wins in antitrust and patent jury trials of record duration and at the appellate level. His clients have included a significant number of the world's one hundred largest companies in various technologies, among them pharmaceutical, biotech, electronic, computer, electro-optical printing and aerospace technologies.

Dispute Resolution

Gerald has participated in mediations and arbitrations in significant litigations as mediator or advocate and is a mediator in the Southern District of New York Mediation program. He has also published and lectured on ADR.

Peer Review

IAM Patent 1000 (2014) described Gerald as the "Dean of the Patent bar." Chambers Global (2014) notes that he is a "towering figure in the field of patent litigation," and Chambers USA (2015) refers to his “all but unmatched experience as a patent litigator in cases involving life sciences and sophisticated electronic and mechanical engineering.” Gerald is also regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Publications and Professional and Civic Associations

His publications include numerous works on patent litigation, antitrust, ADR and other topics. He co-teaches at Columbia Law School, taught at NYU Law School and has given individual lectures at Stanford, George Washington, Fordham, Brooklyn, Case Western Reserve, and Washington University (St. Louis) Law Schools. He has also given over 100 lectures at professional meetings on litigation, trial, patent, licensing, and antitrust topics. His professional activities include membership, committee participation and lecture programs at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Patent Litigation of U.S. District Court in Delaware and the Advisory Committee of the Engelberg Intellectual Property Institute at the NYU School of Law.