Gordon v. Verizon: New York Parts Company with Delaware
Bob frequently represents and advises high-tech companies, financial institutions, marketplace lending platforms, alternative investors, tribes, and state and local governments.
He is an accomplished appellate advocate. Bob has handled hundreds of cases before the court of appeals and the Supreme Court, and has personally argued more than 150 appeals, including appeals in every federal circuit and numerous state courts. After clerking for Judge Richard Posner, Bob went on to handle the most important appellate cases at the Department of Justice, where he served as Acting Deputy Director of the Civil Division Appellate Staff, and as Special Appellate Counsel for National Security and International Law.
At the Department of Justice, Bob was involved in some of the most ground-breaking cases in recent history, including Ashcroft v. Iqbal (where the Supreme Court redefined the civil pleading standards to require a plaintiff to plead sufficient facts to show a plausible claim) and Kiobel v. Cape Flattery (where the Court rejected extraterritorial application of the Alien Tort Statute). He has continued his run of success at Orrick, including winning more than $126 million for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in its battle against the big tobacco companies, scoring a major appellate victory on the marketability of life insurance policies, and defeating a $2 billion RICO and Alien Tort Statute claim.
Among his recent clients have been Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Credit Suisse, Citi, Prosper, PwC, Ernst Young, Gannett, Jefferies, HealthNet, Charles Schwab, Sinopec, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, DISH, the City of Stockton, Indian Institute of Technology, WNET, DHL, Synopsys, MIO Partners, the Ute tribe, and the County of Alameda.