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Nathan E. Denning


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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School  (J.D.)
    • cum laude
  • The Ohio State University  (B.A. and B.S.)
    • magna cum laude
    • honors

Benchmark Litigation “40 & Under” (2022 & 2023)

The American Lawyer “Litigator of the Week” Runner Up (2023)

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  • New York

By its nature, litigation is often backwards-looking. Consulting litigation counsel before a dispute crystalizes not only allows you to shape the facts in the most advantageous way for litigation, it can help you to avoid litigation entirely.

Nathan is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department. For the second year in a row, Nathan has been named by Benchmark Litigation to its “40 and Under List,” which identifies the nation’s top young litigators. His advocacy has been praised by Am Law Litigation Daily for its “attention-catching storytelling,” and his successful defense of a contract and intellectual-property dispute recently earned him a spot as The American Lawyer’s runner-up “Litigator of the Week.” Nathan was also one of the lead Wiggin lawyers representing Epic Games in its recent antitrust victory over Google in federal court in California, a win for which Global Competition Review awarded the firm “Litigation of the Year.”

Nathan has extensive experience leading large, complex litigation from pre-suit investigation through verdict, appeal or settlement in a wide variety of practice areas, including antitrust, intellectual property, securities, contracts, torts and bankruptcy. Nathan also represents companies and individuals in SEC, DOJ and internal investigations. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Nathan was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he represented large multinational companies in litigation and regulatory matters.

Antitrust Disputes

  • Representing Aurobindo Pharma USA as lead counsel in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) comprising dozens of antitrust lawsuits brought by State Attorneys General and private plaintiffs relating to the pricing of generic pharmaceuticals. 
  • Part of the core trial team that won a jury verdict on behalf of Epic Games against Google in the Google Play Store Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. After a four-week-long trial, the jury deliberated for fewer than three hours before returning a verdict for Epic on every claim it had brought, including that Google engaged in unlawful monopolization, illegal restraints of trade, and tying, in violation of the Sherman Act. Epic’s suit successfully challenged Google’s anticompetitive conduct in markets for Android app distribution and in-app billing services for digital goods. Nathan’s responsibilities, among others, included eliciting trial testimony from key third parties. Nathan was also part of the Epic Games trial team that won a first-of-its-kind permanent injunction against Apple, requiring Apple to change how it operates its platform. That result was affirmed on appeal.
  • Part of the trial team that represented Qualcomm, Inc. in its high-stakes antitrust litigation with Apple concerning Qualcomm’s chipset sales and licensing practices, culminating in a favorable settlement for Qualcomm on the first day of trial in federal court. 

Intellectual Property Disputes

Other Commercial Disputes

  • Representing a family of online dating companies as lead counsel in consumer litigations and arbitrations arising out of its online dating platforms. Successfully removed and compelled arbitration of a lawsuit brought against one platform and obtained complete dismissal of an arbitration brought against another platform as barred by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
  • Represented a major streaming service as co-lead counsel in an arbitration where its two investor/owners (both major media companies) disputed the values of their respective interests in the streaming service.
  • Represented a nationwide distributor as co-lead counsel in a federal lawsuit alleging that a supplier’s attempted termination of a nine-figure contractual relationship violated the Robinson-Patman Act, state distributor relationship statutes, and a state unfair trade practices statute. Following an initial hearing on our client’s request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the termination, the parties settled on terms favorable to our client.
  • Representing several individuals in an appeal of a New York court’s order of attachment based on a Chinese judgment in connection with a business dispute in China.

Government and Internal Investigations

  • Represented a public company employee as lead counsel in an investigation by the SEC into potential insider trading. Following its investigation, the SEC declined to pursue any enforcement action. 
  • Represented a cryptocurrency firm and its CEO in an investigation into the source of defamatory statements sent anonymously to potential investors. The investigation, which included successful court-ordered discovery of the anonymous sender’s email and internet-service providers, identified the sender as a disgruntled former employee. Following the commencement of an arbitration asserting claims for defamation, the former employee agreed to recant the defamatory statements and to consent to an arbitrator’s order barring the former employee from making further disparaging statements concerning the firm or its CEO.
  • Co-author of the chapter “Disclosure Issues in SEC Enforcement Actions and Investigations” in the SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book, which provides practical advice on handling disclosure issues that may arise in the context of an SEC investigation.

Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings

  • Represented PG&E in tort litigation arising out of the 2017 Tubbs Fire, which was at that time the most destructive wildfire in California history.
  • Represented Credit Suisse in litigation against the Lehman Estate relating to the termination and close out of tens of thousands of derivatives trades. 

Nathan received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and both a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Following graduation from law school, Nathan served as a law clerk for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and for Judge James S. Gwin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

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