Biography

Clint Morrison is an Associate in Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler’s Litigation department.  His practice spans a wide range of practice areas, from complex commercial disputes to white collar criminal defense and investigations, to intellectual property matters to law firm defense representations, to high-stakes art law cases, sports law cases, and false advertising disputes.

Clint’s trial experience includes a six-week securities fraud jury trial in the Southern District of New York, two trade secrets jury trials in Northern Virginia that spanned ten weeks, a three-week patent infringement trial in the Middle District of Florida, a week-long arbitration concerning a high-stakes art law dispute, and a bench trial in Alabama state court concerning a challenge to the state’s exercise of its eminent domain powers. Clint has conducted direct or cross examinations of over a dozen witnesses before state, federal, and arbitral tribunals across the country, and successfully argued numerous case dispositive motions.  Clint was recently named to the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch, which recognizes outstanding professional excellence in private practice by attorneys who have typically been in practice for up to 10 years. Clint currently serves as the Secretary of the Federal Bar Council’s Public Service Committee. 

Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Clint served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Amalya Lyle Kearse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Representative Matters

Trials and Arbitrations

Member of trial team that represented business process management software company in two-week jury trial in Northern Virginia concerning defendants’ statute of limitations defense to multi-billion-dollar trade secrets and computer fraud claims, successfully obtaining a court order striking the critical defenses at the conclusion of the trial

Member of trial team that successfully prosecuted seven-week jury trial in Northern Virginia on behalf of business process management software company, obtaining jury verdict exceeding $2 billion

Member of trial team that represented contact lens manufacturer in patent infringement trial in federal district court, securing jury verdict of noninfringement in favor of our client and securing Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming judgment

Member of trial team that represented former hedge fund trader in six-week securities fraud jury trial in the Southern District of New York

Member of trial team that represented private collector in eight-figure arbitration against auction house

Member of trial team that litigated bench trial on behalf of owner of private infrastructure asset against a state concerning state’s right to condemn property and attendant damages

Member of trial team that litigated trial on behalf of owner of private infrastructure asset against a state concerning fair market value of property the state sought to condemn

Complex Commercial Litigation

Defend major corporation in nine-figure state false claims act litigation

Represented major international financial institution in indemnification dispute against another major international financial institution

Represented medical device manufacturer in eight-figure dispute regarding termination of option-purchase agreement

Represented major corporation in connection with multi-million dollar a dispute regarding the termination of a co-branded travel rewards credit card

Represented non-profit company in seeking preliminary injunctive relief in connection with a contract dispute with one if its partner organizations

Advised financial services company in connection with structuring of new business partnership

White Collar

Represented former hedge fund trader in six-week securities fraud trial in the Southern District of New York

Represent drug manufacturer in connection with price-fixing investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and several State Attorneys General

Advise institutional clients on policies with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering laws (AML), and regulations promulgated by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC)

Art and Sports Law

Representing university in federal court lawsuit to recover valuable work of art

Represented institutional owner of historically significant sports memorabilia valued in the seven figures, filing motion to dismiss federal lawsuit which resulted in adversary’s voluntary dismissal of the case

Represented private collector in eight-figure arbitration against auction house

Successfully litigated seven-figure authenticity dispute over work of art in federal court on behalf of private collector, securing a favorable outcome for our client

Advise artists, galleries, and private collectors on litigation issues relating to works of art

Intellectual Property

Represented business process management software company in two-week jury trial in Northern Virginia concerning defendants’ statute of limitations defense to multi-billion-dollar trade secrets and computer fraud claims, successfully obtaining a court order striking the critical defenses at the conclusion of the trial

Successfully prosecuted seven-week jury trial in Northern Virginia on behalf of business process management software company, obtaining jury verdict exceeding $2 billion

Represented contact lens manufacturer in patent infringement trial in federal district court, securing jury verdict of noninfringement in favor of our client

Represented international news agency in copyright disputes with other content creators and distributors, including major television network

Defended medical device manufacturer against trademark infringement claims in federal district court

Advised television network in connection with copyright dispute with other television network’s competing program

Antitrust

Represent drug manufacturer in connection with price-fixing investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and several State Attorneys General

Pro Bono

Represented incarcerated client in appeal of his larceny/burglary conviction in New York State court

Represented indigent tenant in non-payment proceeding brought by landlord in Yonkers City Court, securing favorable dismissal for our client

Obtained reversal of state agency’s denial of indigent client’s application for SNAP assistance for her two minor children

Co-authored amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; Eastern District of New York; Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; Federal Circuit
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
Professional Activities

Memberships:

  • Secretary, Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee
  • Member, New York City Bar Association (Sports Law Committee)
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Art Dealers Association of America, Navigating Disputes in the Art Business (Dec. 8, 2021)
  • ABA International Criminal Law Committee, Developments in Prosecutions Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (Dec. 19, 2019)
  • NYC Pro Bono Coordinators’ Conference, Report on the Activities of the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee (Feb. 13, 2018)