Of CounselNew York
Nexus Sea is a litigator and trial lawyer who has played key roles in high-profile matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and pharmaceutical companies in complex commercial litigation, financial services, and product liability matters in state and federal courts. One emerging area of law that Nexus focuses his practice on is the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and product liability law.
A member of Orrick’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, Nexus has extensive financial services litigation and white collar experience, including the representation of individual and corporate clients. This includes conducting internal investigations on behalf of financial institutions, participating in the successful prosecution of a FINRA action on behalf of an international bank, and the representation of numerous individual foreign claimants in the largest civil forfeiture action brought under the United States Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. In addition, Nexus played a prominent role as part of the court-appointed counsel team to the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the global liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, one of the largest financial frauds in history.
Nexus has also played key roles in the successful representation of a multinational Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company against failure-to-warn and product defect claims, a Fortune 500 bank and premises owner in more than 340 toxic tort personal injury suits arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and successfully advocated for cable and elevator manufacturers in response to asbestos-related product liability matters.
Recognizing the importance of community, Nexus is a founding member of “1844” – an association of nearly 60 African American male attorneys – created as a vehicle to promote collaboration, business development, and mentorship among BigLaw attorneys of color. Nexus is also a member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and mentors college and law students who are interested in private practice. Nexus served as President of the Nigerian Lawyers Association from 2014-2016, where he promoted building strong, diverse communities at home and abroad.
Nexus is also an active member of AIPAC’s progressive outreach efforts (“AIPAC Connects”), which focus on recruiting and building professional communities where Jewish and non-Jewish stakeholders can work hand-in-hand in support of the U.S.- Israel relationship and AIPAC’s mission of bipartisanship.
We defeated a trade secret matter seeking damages of at least $1 billion, on behalf of one of Africa’s most prominent business leaders. The plaintiff claimed our client and several financial institutions stole trade secrets. The plaintiff also alleged various state-law claims, including intentional interference with economic relations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and purported violations of the District of Columbia Uniform Trade Secrets Act. We successfully challenged the plaintiff’s allegations in our Motion to Dismiss, which the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted. The District Court ultimately dismissed the plaintiff’s federal claims and his claim under the District of Columbia Uniform Trade Secrets Act, as to all defendants, with prejudice. Plaintiff’s remaining state law claims were dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction.
Successfully led the defense of a multinational Fortune 500 pharmaceutical against failure-to-warn and product defect claims concerning its top selling over-the-counter drug, resulting in a favorable settlement.
Participated in defense of an international Fortune 500 bank and premises owner in over 340 toxic tort personal injury suits arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Successfully defended numerous depositions in various asbestos-related product liability matters on behalf of cable and elevator manufacturers.
Prepared winning summary judgement brief in defense of a multinational Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and its antiplatelet aggregation prescription product in wrongful death suit alleging failure-to-warn.
Prepared for trial against a significant Madoff feeder fund, including preparation of trial outlines and exhibits, witness direct and cross-examination outlines, and motions in limine.
Successfully conducted internal investigation, on behalf of fund-of-funds, relating to alleged “cross-trades” and helped prepare report concerning the legal implications of the trades and impact on the business.
Successfully prepared FINRA action on behalf of an international Fortune 500 bank against corporate raiders who sought to unlawfully poach its wealth management department, achieving a favorable settlement.
Participated in defense of various claimants in connection with largest kleptocracy forfeiture action brought by the U.S. government involving funds allegedly stolen by a former West African dictator.
Led defensive discovery team for a national False Claims Act litigation involving defective PVC pipe, including creating e-discovery plan, interviewing potential fact witnesses, and responding to interrogatories and document requests.
Participated in defense of several asbestos-related product liability cases filed in New Jersey.
Participated in defense of a multinational Fortune 500 food and beverage company in breach of contract action involving multimillion-dollar procurement agreement.
Successfully led document review team and helped prepare litigation strategy in a complex commercial litigation matter involving the wrongful termination of a television distribution agreement, resulting in a successful temporary restraining order.