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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


  • 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

Mr. Sobel is an experienced litigator and in recent years, mediator, whose practice is primarily in the areas of intellectual property, antitrust and agreements.

Mr. Sobel 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, business equipment, communications and aerospace.

To illustrate, he was lead counsel for Xoma in its win in the 3½-month jury trial (N.D. Cal.) against Centocor, the longest biotech patent infringement trial; and he represented Xerox in its win in a year-long jury trial against SCM (D. Conn.), defeating claims of monopolization of the office copier market based on alleged patent-based predatory acts. At the appellate level, he represented Pfizer in its win at the Federal Circuit against the University of Rochester, creating new law concerning patent validity.

Dispute Resolution

Mr. Sobel has participated in mediations and arbitrations in significant litigations, typically patent, antitrust, trademark and trade secret cases, as mediator or advocate. He is a mediator in the Southern District of New York Mediation program, he has been active at the Center for Public Resources and has published and lectured on ADR.

Peer Review

Chambers USA (2016) observes that Mr. Sobel “counsels clients on high stakes litigation and has all but unmatched experience as a patent litigator in cases involving life sciences and sophisticated electronic and mechanical engineering.” Chambers Global (2014) notes that he is a “towering figure in the field of patent litigation.” IAM Patent 1000 described Mr. Sobel as an “éminence grise” (2015) and as the “Dean of the Patent bar” (2014). Mr. Sobel is regularly listed in Who’s Who Legal: Patents, Super Lawyers and 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 lectured 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 (e.g., ABA, AIPLA, NYIPLA, PLI) on litigation, trial, patent, licensing, antitrust and ADR topics. His professional activities include membership in 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 the U.S. District Court in Delaware and the Advisory Committee of the Engelberg Intellectual Property Institute at the NYU School of Law.