Biography

George A. LoBiondo is Counsel in the Firm’s litigation department, where he represents clients in complex commercial disputes, internal investigations, and matters adverse to government entities.  He also has extensive appellate experience litigating antitrust, commercial, and criminal issues before federal and state appeals courts.

Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. LoBiondo served as a law clerk to the Hon. John F. Keenan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Representative Matters

Antitrust
Defending innovator pharmaceutical company against antitrust claims brought by a competitor marketing a biosimilar to the innovator’s blockbuster biologic drug.  Also representing the innovator in follow-on actions brought by indirect purchasers and opt-outs.

Secured dismissal of antitrust and unfair trade practices claims brought by a state attorney general against a pharmaceutical client and predecessor firm.  The appeals court dismissed the state’s action after ruling, as a matter of first impression, that the state antitrust statute does not reach conduct that allegedly occurred outside the state.  

Secured dismissal of putative class action against nonprofit museums alleging a conspiracy to fix prices in the contemporary art market.

Complex Commercial Litigation
Representation of clients in disputes arising out of licensing/royalty agreements.

Representing financial guarantor in structured finance litigation in various federal and state courts involving student loan securitization trusts.

Represented financial institution plaintiff at trial of $700 million claim against sponsor of RMBS securitization.  The trial court held the defendant liable after finding that  “more than half of the securitized loans were materially non-conforming,” and rejecting the defendant’s “hollow interpretations of applicable warranties that would render them valueless.”

Defended medical device manufacturer in False Claims Act litigation, resulting in dismissal with prejudice.

White Collar Defense and Investigations
Investigations and representations of large entities in connection with potential allegations arising under the Federal Trade Commission Act; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the Consumer Financial Protection Act; the False Claims Act; the Anti-Kickback Statute; the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and other federal laws.

Representation of individuals subject to investigation and potential prosecution by the Department of Justice.

Investigation on behalf of a university into a sensitive data breach and leak of highly confidential documents.

Appeals
Successfully appealed denial of motion to compel arbitration.  The federal appeals court ruled that the plaintiff’s statutory claims arose out of a distribution agreement containing an arbitration provision.

Representation of individual defendants in appeal of $100 million judgment on fraud, contract, and civil RICO claims.

Completed appellate representation of criminal defendant, resulting in partial reversal and significant reduction of sentence.

Representation of amicus curiae industry group in connection with appeal concerning terminated credit default swaps. 

Representation of amici curiae supporting the dismissal of a “product hopping” antitrust suit.  The federal appeals court affirmed, holding that the alleged “product hopping” was not anticompetitive.

Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Third Circuit
  • New York
  • New Jersey