We are pleased to announce that Joe Reiter has been elected to the partnership and Yegor Fursevich, Sara Haji, Sourabh Mishra, and Samantha Schnier have been promoted to counsel.
“Our success is due in part to an incredibly deep and talented firm,” said managing partner Brian Hennigan. “We are extremely fortunate to have this next generation of rising stars promoted to partner and counsel.”
Each of these lawyers played a key role in trials this year. Altogether, in this past year alone, the five attorneys below participated in seven trials, five of which were won and two of which are pending judgment. We look forward to the continued contributions of our next generation of leaders.
Joe Reiter, Partner
Joe Reiter represents leading companies and institutions in a broad range of high-stakes disputes. A relentless and creative litigator with substantial courtroom experience, Mr. Reiter has achieved exceptional results for his clients, including six trial victories in just five years. Those wins include a complete defense verdict for Amazon against claims that it had illegally poached eBay sellers; a victory for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a closely watched federal trial; a $25 million jury verdict against Samsung for patent infringement; and a total defense verdict for the California Institute of Technology after a four-week jury trial involving tortious interference and whistleblower claims.
In addition, Mr. Reiter has drafted, argued, and won significant motions and complex appeals. He prevailed at summary judgment for the California Institute of Technology in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging widespread fraud against the Department of Energy and obtained the early dismissal of a case seeking to hold Amazon liable for billions of sales taxes. Mr. Reiter also drafted the successful petition for a writ of certiorari and merits briefing in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert, 139 S. Ct. 710 (2019), which obtained a 9-0 victory before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Before joining Hueston Hennigan at its inception, Mr. Reiter clerked for the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Yegor Fursevich, Counsel
Yegor Fursevich is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on high-stakes business disputes and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Fursevich has represented multinational pharmaceutical companies, global accounting firms, renowned restaurant brands, and top online retailers in a wide array of matters involving insider trading, trade secret misappropriation, business torts, whistleblowing, and violations of fiduciary duties. Mr. Fursevich takes an aggressive and proactive approach in every aspect of litigation, from pre-filing investigation to post-trial appeals.
This past year, Mr. Fursevich was a member of the trial team who obtained a complete defense verdict for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a closely watched federal trial. He is also scheduled to go to trial early next year representing a public data analytics company in a case involving allegations of tortious interference.
Mr. Fursevich clerked for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Michael W. Fitzgerald on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He earned his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Sara Haji, Counsel
Sara Haji is a complex commercial litigator focusing on high-stakes business disputes oriented towards trial. From pre-filing investigation to post-trial appeals, clients trust Ms. Haji to develop effective strategies based on deep familiarity with the federal and state courts. Ms. Haji has been key in securing favorable pre-litigation and litigation outcomes for Monster Energy Company, Amazon, Ring, the Navajo Nation, and a variety of high-profile individuals.
Ms. Haji has obtained substantial courtroom experience, examining witnesses at a trial on behalf of real-estate investor Robert K. Barth and arguing countless motions on behalf of Monster Energy. Her written advocacy has secured case-dispositive rulings for several clients, including Amazon and Ring. This coming year, she will represent Monster Energy in an upcoming trial involving Lanham Act, misappropriation, and interference claims, and will represent Robert K. Barth in a trial involving a Ring dispute over corporate governance at a leading asset management firm.
Ms. Haji clerked for the Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar on the Supreme Court of California; the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Margo K. Brodie on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law, with high distinction.
Sourabh Mishra, Counsel
Recognized among the “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers, Sourabh Mishra focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and white collar criminal defense and investigations. Mr. Mishra represents companies and individuals in complex litigation matters across a wide array of industries, including medical devices, information analytics, food and beverage, telecommunications, biopharmaceuticals, and technology hardware and equipment. In addition, he regularly represents individuals and corporations in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations and governmental inquiries.
This year, Mr. Mishra obtained a jury trial victory in federal court for ClearOne of no patent infringement and invalidating opposing party Shure’s design patent; and represented Monster Energy in a two-week arbitration involving breach of contract and trademark infringement claims (pending decision). Mr. Mishra is also counsel in several upcoming trials, including for Monster Energy Company involving Lanham Act, trade secret misappropriation, and contract interference claims set for trial in April 2022; and for ClearOne in multiple federal venues involving patent and tort claims.
Mr. Mishra earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a notes editor for the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Samantha Schnier, Counsel
Samantha Schnier focuses on complex commercial litigation and white collar defense and investigation. She has experience in all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings and dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, managing fact and expert discovery, preparing cases for trial, and drafting appellate briefs. She also regularly represents both corporate and individual clients in sensitive investigations and governmental inquiries.
Recently, Ms. Schnier was a key member of the trial team that obtained a landmark victory for Endo Pharmaceuticals in a $50 billion action alleging claims of false advertising and public nuisance. She was also part of the team that secured a declination of prosecution from the California Department of Justice for Southern California Edison in connection with the 2018 Woolsey Fire. She is currently representing the former dean of USC’s School of Social Work on federal corruption charges in an alleged bribery scheme involving a public official.
Ms. Schnier clerked for the Honorable Joan M. Azrack on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where served as senior editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.