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Gregory G. Rapawy

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Gregory Rapawy is a partner in the firm.  He represents clients throughout the litigation process at the trial, appellate, and Supreme Court level.  He has litigated cases covering a broad variety of subject matters, including complex civil litigation, securities litigation and enforcement, telecommunications, and administrative law.  He has prepared briefs in dozens of Supreme Court and appellate cases, and dispositive motions in many more cases at the district court level.

Mr. Rapawy also has experience in coordinating internal investigations, including several matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and under federal and state securities law.  He has represented companies and individuals who were targets and witnesses in investigations by federal and state authorities, and has advised several multinational corporate clients on compliance with numerous laws and regulations, including drafting and revising corporate compliance policies.

Noteworthy Representations

Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid, 132 S. Ct. 680 (2012) – represented the beneficiary of a deceased worker seeking federal workers’ compensation benefits and prepared a brief arguing for federal jurisdiction under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano, 131 S. Ct. 1309 (2011) – represented the representative for a class of investors in a controversy over materiality of information concerning adverse health effects of over-the-counter medication

American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, 131 S. Ct. 2527 (2011) – represented several private land trust organizations in an action against major power companies under federal common law, seeking injunctive relief to reduce carbon emissions

Merck & Co. v. Reynolds, 130 S. Ct. 1784 (2010) – represented investors in securities class action against major pharmaceutical manufacturer; the case resulted in a significantly more generous statute-of-limitations rule for securities fraud than had been recognized in many circuits

In re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation, 671 F.3d 881 (9th Cir. 2011) – represented major telecommunications carriers in class actions arising out of cooperation with government surveillance program

Global NAPs, Inc. v. Verizon New England Inc., 603 F.3d 71 (1st Cir. 2010) – represented a major telecommunications carrier in dispute over intercarrier charges

Northeast Controls, Inc. v. Fisher Controls International LLC, Nos. 08-1357 & 08-1820 (3d Cir. 2010) – represented valve manufacturer in indemnification dispute arising from a fire and explosion at a power plant

In re Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Forex Transactions Litigation, No. 12-md-2335 (and related cases) (S.D.N.Y.) – represent custodial bank in litigation arising from dispute over pricing of foreign currency transactions with pension funds (ongoing)

National Credit Union Administration Board v. RBS Securities, Inc., No. 11-cv-5887 (and related cases) (C.D. Cal.) – represent federal agency as liquidating agent for credit unions in litigation against underwriters and issuers of mortgage-backed securities (ongoing)

Altana Pharma AG v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., No. 04-cv-2355 (and related cases) (D.N.J.) – represent generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in patent enforcement action (ongoing)

Participated in internal investigation of a large corporate client in the energy industry concerning potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in multiple countries, including voluntary disclosure to Fraud Section and other enforcement authorities

Participated in similar internal investigation and disclosure process for a large corporate client in the insurance industry

Represented securities broker-dealer in state and federal investigations into payments to state and city pension officials in connection with placement of investments


Leading Case, Christensen v. Harris County, 120 S. Ct. 1655, 114 Harvard Law Review 369 (2000)

Recent Case, Campbell v. Clinton, 203 F.3d 19, 113 Harvard Law Review 2134 (2000)

Recent Legislation, Federal Mandate Procedures, 36 Harvard Journal on Legislation 571 (1999)


Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001

  • Articles Chair, Harvard Law Review, 2000-2001

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P., 2001

Stanford University, A.B., with honors and distinction, 1997


Law Clerk, Justice David H. Souter, U.S. Supreme Court, 2003-2004

Law Clerk, Judge Sandra L. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2001-2002

Government Service

Bristow Fellow, Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 2002-2003

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