Of Counsel in the Litigation Department, in which he was a partner from 1986 until 2015, Gerry Harper concentrates in commercial litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on complex contract and business disputes, fiduciary and corporate relationships, and professional liability involving the law of lawyering. He has litigated and tried matters and argued appeals in federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions and a variety of domestic and international alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Among other matters, Gerry has litigated extensively on behalf of lawyers and law firms, including some of the nation’s best-known law firms, in legal malpractice suits, disciplinary proceedings, and sanctions motions. Gerry has also litigated matters for many of the major music labels, motion picture studios, and independent producers of music and film. He has brought bondholders actions against issuers, and defended issuers against equity holders. He defended the Empire State Building in a series of landmark cases, and the New York Thruway Authority in defeating a challenge to its EZ-Pass system.
Gerry is an Adjunct Professor Law on Legal Ethics at N.Y.U. School of Law, and, by appointment of the Appellate Division, served as a member of the First Department’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee from 2008-14. He has twice served on the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the New York City Bar Association, once as its Secretary (1980-81), and also as a member of its Committee on Professional Discipline. He served for seven years, four as Chair, of the Professional Ethics Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and continues as a long-time member of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar Association. For over twenty years, he served as the firm’s chief in-house counsel.
Gerry served on the firm’s Management Committee for four terms from 1997 to 2012.