Biography

Sarah Zgliniec is a litigator, focusing in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, and intellectual property litigation. Her practice is diverse, including commercial disputes, false advertising and trademark litigation, international arbitration, law firm defense, and other commercial matters. Before joining the firm in 1998, Ms. Zgliniec served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Reena Raggi, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.

Representative Matters

False Advertising and Trademark Litigation
Secured a federal jury verdict for the world’s leading beverage company in a landmark advertising dispute over juice labeling. The U.S. Supreme Court had remanded the case for trial in 2014, holding that FDA regulations authorizing our client’s label did not bar the plaintiff’s suit. In 2016, a California federal jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor after a six-day trial and less than a day of deliberation.

Represent clients in consumer products and media industries in false advertising actions against competitors.

Prosecution and defense of trademark actions on behalf of toy, pharmaceutical, and media companies.

Complex Commercial Litigation and Appeals
Represent clients in consumer products, pharmaceutical, banking, and media industries in commercial litigation and arbitration.

Appellate counsel in numerous appeals before the Second and Ninth Circuits, the New York State Court Appellate Divisions, and the New York State Court of Appeals.

International Commercial Arbitration
Represent clients from Canada, Mexico, and Australia in contractual disputes before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, and London Court of Arbitration.

Legal Ethics and Law Firm Defense
Represented major international law firm in two actions to disqualify the firm from representations on the basis of conflicts of interest.

Represented major national law firm in dispute brought by headhunter with respect to fees in connection with the firm’s combination with another law firm.

Represented major national law firm in a compensation dispute with one of its partners.

Former member of the Department Disciplinary Committee of Appellate Division of the First Judicial Department of the State of New York.

Libel and Defamation Litigation
Obtained dismissal of spurious defamation claim against law firm for statements it made in the course of representing its client.

Defended publisher of medical journal that ran an AIDS drug advertisement featuring the allegedly unauthorized photograph of the plaintiff.

Defended network radio station and its morning "shock jock" in a defamation action brought by the alleged "Olympic Park bomber."

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern; Eastern and Western Districts of New York
  • New York

Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association