Orin Snyder is one of the nation’s top trial lawyers and litigators. The prestigious Chambers USA Awards for Excellence named Mr. Snyder one of the six best lawyers in the country in the category of “Litigation: Business Trial Lawyers.” He is a litigation partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office, Vice Chair of the Crisis Management Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group. He is also a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Appellate and Intellectual Property Practice Groups.
Mr. Snyder routinely ranks among New York’s leading litigators and trial lawyers in surveys of corporate counsel. InChambers USA, he is described as “absolutely the best—he’s an aggressive, highly motivated and incredibly effective litigator,” “ultra smart and highly focused,” with “exemplary trial skills.” In The Legal 500—US Edition, corporate counsel said, “we always use him as chief litigator,” he is “great in court” and has “excellent technical skills.” Following his cross-examination in a recent high-profile trial, one article described Mr. Snyder as “the deadliest trial lawyer in tech.” Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys has recognized him as a “Litigation Star” and national Top 100 Trial Lawyer. The Hollywood Reporter consistently names him to its prestigious annual “Power Lawyers” list, and Law360 annually recognizes him as a Litigation MVP. Mr. Snyder was recognized inVariety’s 2013 Legal Impact Report, an annual feature of the top 50 attorneys in the industry who “helped shape the face of entertainment.” AmLaw Litigation Daily named Mr. Snyder “Litigator of the Week” in March 2014 for his successful representation of Facebook in a breach of contract case filed by Paul Ceglia, and in October 2012 for his successful representation of Cablevision in its high-profile trial against DISH Network. Mr. Snyder was profiled in The American Lawyer as one of the 45 leading lawyers in the United States under the age of 45. The American Lawyer also featured Mr. Snyder in its articles naming Gibson Dunn “The 2010 Litigation Department of the Year” and “The 2012 Litigation Department of the Year.”
A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Snyder is a seasoned trial lawyer with a breadth of knowledge in virtually all industry sectors. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Snyder has a proven track record of success across many different practice areas in courts throughout the country.
Mr. Snyder also represents well-known individuals in significant matters, including Julie Andrews, Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, Anderson Cooper, Cindy Crawford, Bob Dylan, Phil Falcone, Nancy Grace, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, LeBron James, Kid Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Barbara Walters, Montel Williams, and Mark Zuckerberg.
In addition to his very public litigation work, Mr. Snyder regularly counsels clients—both corporations and senior executives—in confidential matters, including criminal and other government investigations that require expert handling of public relations. These matters include whistleblower cases, fraud investigations, FCPA and money laundering, obstruction of justice, insider trading, tax fraud and allegations of personal misconduct.
Mr. Snyder also has handled numerous internal investigations involving alleged insider trading, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax evasion and alleged sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Mr. Snyder also represents, and has represented, numerous nonprofit institutions, including The Clinton Foundation, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Larson Foundation and The Museum of the American Indian.
Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Snyder was a name partner at Parcher, Hayes & Snyder, a prominent litigation boutique firm. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted organized crime and white collar crime cases and served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Snyder handled one of the largest pension fund fraud prosecutions ever brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Snyder is active in the community and in public affairs. He is a member of the Federal Bar Counsel’s Public Service Committee. Mr. Snyder was selected to serve on the Transition Committee of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Mr. Snyder earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, in 1986, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1983, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with high honors.