Igor Margulyan is a senior associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Igor focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on resolution of cross-border business disputes. 



Igor has represented a variety of individual and institutional clients before state and federal courts as well as arbitration tribunals in matters involving breach of contract actions, licensing disputes and intellectual property matters.  Having worked on many international matters, Igor has substantial experience in handling unique aspects of cross-border litigation, including advocating issues of foreign law, supervising cross-border discovery and addressing pendency of parallel foreign proceedings.

Igor has been a key member of a team that presently represents Russia's largest commercial bank in federal court proceedings arising out of a breach of contract action governed by Russian law, following a series of summary judgment victories that Igor and the Orrick team secured for the bank.  In that case, Igor and the team also successfully argued for and obtained a prejudgment attachment of defendant's assets

Recently, Igor was the lead associate on a team that represented Canon Inc. and its affiliates in a patent licensing dispute with a non-practicing entity. In that case, Igor and the team secured multiple summary judgment victories for the client on various claims involving developing areas of contract and patent law, such as enforceability of "no-challenge" clauses in licensing agreements and validity of retroactive sublicenses.

Igor is a native speaker of Russian.
    Igor's other representative engagements have included the following:

    • Representation of a Russian venture capital firm in federal court litigation involving alleged violations of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO”), fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and other claims;

    • Representation of a major European telecommunications company in arbitration arising out of a shareholders agreement related to investments in one of Russia's largest mobile phone service providers;

    • Representation of a major European telecommunications company in connection with regulatory investigation of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA);

    • Representation of a Serbian commercial enterprise in a dispute with the Republics of Croatia and Slovenia over ownership of interpleaded funds;

    • Representation of a U.S. investment fund in a shareholders dispute arising out of an investment in an Indian securities business;

    • Representation of one of the largest municipal electric utilities in Florida in parallel federal litigation and domestic arbitration arising from a breach of a long-term power purchase agreement;

    • Representation of DIRECTV and DISH Network in lawsuits pending in multiple states challenging the constitutionality of state sales taxes on satellite TV programming under the U.S. Constitution.


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