Frederick S. Gold

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Frederick S. Gold is Chair of the firm’s Corporate and Financial Litigation Practice. He is a graduate of Tufts University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) and Columbia Law School. He practices in the area of complex business litigation, with an emphasis on financial services clients and intellectual property matters. He has represented hedge funds, broker-dealers, lenders, investment partnerships, investors, real estate developers, universities, and public and closely held corporations in matters involving financing agreements, securities claims, antitrust, civil RICO, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, complex foreclosures and restructurings, negotiable instruments, management of institutional funds, lender liability, complex contract disputes, and claims involving software, source code, trade secrets and copyrights. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts and in private arbitrations and mediations. He has represented clients in domestic and international arbitrations, under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the London Court of International Arbitration, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Since 1996, Fred has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Yale Law School, where he has taught Trial Practice and Civil Litigation Practice. He has been a frequent faculty member at regional advocacy programs offered by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. From 1994 through 2005, he was chair of the Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute co-sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Fred has been consistently ranked since 2010 in Chambers USA, a pre-eminent guide to the legal profession in the United States.  Chambers recently said about Fred that he "impresses clients with his litigation prowess.  Sources comment that ‘his service is outstanding. He could sell tickets to his trials, it's like a TV show, it's remarkable.’"

Fred is also one of nine attorneys nationwide invited to contribute to Inside the Minds - Strategies for Successful Mediation: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Client Goals, Communicating Effectively, and Facilitating an Agreement, which was published by Aspatore Press, a Thomson Reuters Publisher.

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation; 2013-2014
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star: Commercial Litigation; 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Litigation: General Commercial; 2010-2013
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Business Litigation; 2006-2013
  • Selected as one of the Nation's Top 10 Commercial Litigation Lawyers by the United States Lawyer Ranking; 2007
  • Chair, Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute co-sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association, National Institute for Trial Advocacy; 1994-2005

Teaching Positions

  • Yale Law School: Adjunct Member of the Faculty, Teacher of Trial Practice and Civil Litigation Practice; 1996-present

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Antitrust Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Former Chair, Litigation Section
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Trustees, King Low Heywood Thomas School, Stamford, Connecticut

Defense of Breach of Joint Venture Charges and Theft of Trade Secrets Claim for $15 Million

Represented a national consumer advertising and promotions company in Connecticut state court in defense of claims alleging breach of joint venture agreement, theft of trade secrets and related business torts, seeking $15 million. Tried action to court. Obtained defense judgment on all plaintiff’s counts; and obtained judgment for defendant on breach of contract counterclaim. The result was not appealed.

Defended University Against Donor Challenge to Disposition of Gift Proceeds

Represented a private Connecticut university in defense of claim by a donor to the university challenging disposition of gift proceeds.  Obtained dismissal of the case on motion in trial court.  Successfully defended the result in Connecticut Supreme Court.  Case is a national precedent on issue of donor standing to challenge use of charitable gifts.
Fred Gold is one of nine 
attorneys nationwide 
who contributed to "Inside 
the Minds - Strategies for 
Successful Mediation:  
Leading Lawyers on 
Understanding Client Goals, 
Communicating Effectively, 
and Facilitating 
an Agreement"

Practice Areas

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Tufts University, B.A., 1974,
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of NY
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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