Jyotin Hamid, a partner in the New York office, is a seasoned litigator with extensive courtroom experience. He handles a diverse array of complex litigation matters, with particular focus on employment litigation and intellectual property disputes. In the employment area, he has successfully handled numerous discrimination, whistleblower, contract, compensation and corporate raiding litigations involving high-level executives in a broad range of industries.
He is also deeply involved in Debevoise’s market-leading intellectual property practice. He has litigated trademark and trade dress cases involving some of the most well-known brands in the world.
Mr. Hamid is recommended by Chambers USA (2012-2015), which notes his “excellent understanding of business needs” and praises him as “very reflective and responsive, a good listener, an excellent writer and good at interpreting what [clients] are trying to accomplish.”
Mr. Hamid is recognized as a “Rising Star” by Employment Law360 (2010) —one of “10 employment lawyers under 40 to watch”— and as a leading lawyer in the “Future Stars of America” article featured in Times Online (2008). He was also noted in the U.S. News & World Report (2010) “Best Lawyers” feature. He was recently added to the American Arbitration Association panel of arbitrators for employment cases.
Mr. Hamid lectures and publishes frequently on developments in employment law. His recent publications include “Inside 2nd Circ Ruling on Overseas Whistleblower,” Law360 (August, 2014); “Circuit Court Adopts Narrow Interpretation of Anti-Retaliation Provision of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules,” Financial Fraud Law Report (October, 2013); “Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provision And Court’s Broad Interpretation,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (October, 2012); “Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Issues In Leshinsky And Asadi,” Law360 (July, 2012); “Federal Appeals Court Holds That Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives Are Exempt Employees,” Employee Benefit Plan Review (2010); “Diversity Rationale and Private Sector Affirmative Action Policies,” Labor and Employment Law (Winter, 2009); “But You Promised Me a Promotion: Are False Inducements Actionable in At-Will Employment?,” New York State Bar Association Journal (2008) and, together with fellow Debevoise litigation partner, Mary Beth Hogan, “Employment Issues Arising in Internal Investigations,” New York Law Journal (2008).
Mr. Hamid joined Debevoise in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. He received his J.D. in 1998 from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Journal of International Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, in 1995 from Tulane University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Hamid is admitted to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Northern District of Indiana, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Seventh Circuits.
He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American and New York State Bar Associations, a member of the New York City Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee, a board member of the Urban Justice Center and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- Employment Litigation
- General Electric in defeating an application for a preliminary injunction and then obtaining summary judgment on all claims in an action seeking to prevent GE from hiring a competitor’s engineering and marketing executives.
- Misys in obtaining an injunction, following a three-day trial, prohibiting a competitor from soliciting the company’s clients and retaining the company’s former employees.
- A boutique investment bank in several actions to enforce successfully garden leave provisions contained in employment contracts of Managing Directors.
- A real estate investment trust company in successfully enforcing non-compete obligations contained in employment agreements with former CEO and CIO.
- A Chief Marketing Officer in obtaining summary judgment that non-compete covenants contained in his severance package were void and unenforceable.
- A financial services firm and its CEO in successfully resolving a corporate raiding action brought by CEO’s former employer.
- Smiths Group and its CEO in obtaining dismissal of state law whistleblower and gender discrimination claims asserted by a former Vice President.
- Forest Laboratories in a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit brought by a former employee under the False Claims Act.
- Misys in obtaining summary judgment dismissing a federal lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act based on purported 9/11-related disabilities.
- A farm operation in successfully resolving, after two days of trial, a multi-plaintiff action asserting age discrimination claims.
- A class of minority sheet metal workers in winning a contempt judgment against their union, after a three-day trial, based on the union’s discriminatory practices and non-compliance with affirmative action orders. Debevoise handled this matter pro bono.
- Kellner DiLeo & Co. in successfully settling a class action alleging systemic failure to pay overtime after successfully obtaining dismissal of all state law claims.
- Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco, in defending action brought by Tyco seeking forfeiture and clawback of compensation and severance benefits.
- Intellectual Property
- Yves Saint Laurent in defeating a motion for a preliminary injunction by Christian Louboutin over YSL’s red-soled shoes, and subsequently obtaining dismissal of all claims by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Absolut Spirits in obtaining summary judgment dismissing trade secret and idea misappropriation claims relating to its sponsorship of a reality television show.
- General Electric, defeating an application for an injunction brought by a competitor based on allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Glacéau in obtaining a temporary restraining order against a line of hair care products that infringed the trade dress of Glacéau’s vitaminwater enhanced water beverages.
- Louis Vuitton in successfully prosecuting trade mark infringement claims relating to Louis Vuitton’s Epi trademarks.
- Chrysler, prosecuting trade dress infringement claims relating to the Jeep Grille Design.
- A major software company in winning an injunction prohibiting a competitor from soliciting the company’s clients and retaining the company’s former employees, following a three-day evidentiary hearing.
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Morgan Stanley Private Equity in the $600 million sale of Creative Circle, a leading professional staffing firm specializing in advertising, creative and marketing talent, to NYSE-listed On Assignment for a mix of stock and cash consideration.
- Actavis in its acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Durata Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for patients with infectious diseases and acute illnesses, for $675 million plus contingent value rights.
- Yale Law School, 1998, J.D.
- Tulane University, 1995, B.A.
- New York
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