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Arun Subramanian

Overview

Arun Subramanian is a partner in Susman Godfrey’s New York office. He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of high-stakes commercial cases, including intellectual property, breach of contract, life settlement, unfair competition, antitrust, bankruptcy, and fraud litigation. He has served as a law clerk at every level of the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court of the United States, and utilizes his extensive court experience to achieve winning results for his clients.

Mr. Subramanian joined the firm after completing judicial clerkships for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Dennis Jacobs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Gerard E. Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Subramanian graduated from Columbia Law School and served as Executive Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Review.

Education

Case Western Reserve University, summa cum laude (B.A., Computer Science & English, 2001)
Columbia Law School (J.D. 2004)

Judicial Clerkship

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States, 2006-2007
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2005-2006
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2004-2005

Honors and Distinctions

Executive Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review, Vol. 103
James Kent Scholar (2002-04), Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (2001)

Articles

"Will the Supreme Court Weigh in on Claim Construction Appeals?"  IPWatchdog (March 2014). Click here to read the article

Note, Assessing the Rights of IRU Holders in Uncertain Times, 103 Colum. L. Rev. 2094 (2003)

Professional Associations and Memberships

Bar Memberships

  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, State of New York

Professional Associations

  • Board of Directors, The Columbia Law Review Association, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Panda's Gate Foundation

Notable Representation

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Represents plaintiff Personalized Media Communications (“PMC”) in a patent infringement case filed against Motorola, Inc., EchoStar Corp., and DISH Network Corp. Defeated numerous motions filed by the defendants and third-party intervenors, including defendants’ petition filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to transfer the case from Marshall, Texas to Delaware. PMC achieved a settlement with Motorola resulting in a broad patent license. Trial is presently set for February 2012 against the remaining defendants.

LIFE SETTLEMENTS

  • Represented the defendant in a $5 million declaratory judgment action filed by an insurer against the owner of a life insurance policy, for alleged violations of New York's insurable interest laws and other "STOLI" (stranger originated life insurance) related claims. Mr. Subramanian briefed and argued an early summary judgment motion that was granted in favor of his client and ended the case.
  • Represents investors, trusts, trustees, brokers, and insureds in life settlement and STOLI litigation across the country against insurance companies seeking to avoid coverage on over $100 million in life insurance policies. In the last year alone, Mr. Subramanian has won substantial settlements lion for several clients.

BREACH OF CONTRACT

  • Achieved a total victory for client Wade Emory Johnson in a “David v. Goliath” breach of contract arbitration against Transparent Value, LLC, a subsidiary of global bank Guggenheim Partners. The AAA arbitration panel, after a four-day hearing, awarded Mr. Subramanian’s client damages and securities worth millions of dollars(net of attorneys' fees and expenses). The award was subsequently confirmed in full by the New York State Supreme Court.
  • Successfully represented GenOn Energy, Inc. in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action against NRG Retail, LLC filed in New York Supreme Court. The case was settled on confidential terms shortly after Mr. Subramanian filed a pre-discovery motion for summary judgment against NRG.

CLASS ACTIONS

  • Represented the plaintiffs in Clark v. AdvanceMe, Inc., a class action brought in Los Angeles federal court challenging financial arrangements with retail merchants under California's laws against usury. After the plaintiffs prevailed in a choice-of-law fight where AdvanceMe attempted to enforce a New York choice-of-law provision in its contracts, on briefs authored primarily by Mr. Subramanian, the case was settled for approximately $23.4 million in cash and other economic consideration.

PRO BONO

  • Won a reprieve from deportation for an indigent and seriously ill client who was convicted of a drug crime that rendered him ineligible for any relief. The deportation would have separated the client from his children and posed a serious, likely fatal, risk to his health. Mr. Subramanian challenged the constitutionality of the client’s conviction and ultimately negotiated a deal with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office resulting in a re-plea to a dramatically reduced offense, and the termination of the client’s deportation proceedings.

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