Nick Boyle, Global Vice Chair of the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, represents litigants as lead counsel in their highest stakes commercial disputes, particularly those involving digital assets with an international component.

Nick leverages his understanding of the global digital economy and extensive courtroom experience to craft coordinated litigation strategy, often cross-border, for a broad range of clients. He has represented investment banks, private equity funds, B2B data providers, movie studios, software and technology companies, and the world’s largest commercial real estate marketplace.

He regularly appears in federal courts around the country, in New York and Delaware state court, and in multiple arbitral fora, including:

  • The American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • JAMS

In addition to general commercial disputes, Nick handles trade secrets and copyright matters, securities suits, unfair competition cases, employment litigation in the financial sector, and antitrust and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) cases. He has argued before the nation’s leading state appellate courts, The New York Court of Appeals and The Delaware Supreme Court.

Nick regularly garners recognition from leading industry authorities, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, and Law360. He has also served as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 2018.

Nick prioritizes giving back to the community and maintains an active pro bono practice, including helping Ethiopian refugees navigate the asylum process. He serves on the board of the Counsel for Court Excellence, which works to improve access to the Washington, D.C., justice system. He also participates in the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.’s mentoring program for first-generation college attendees and volunteers with DC Central Kitchen programs to benefit people with limited access to career opportunities.

Mr. Boyle’s recent experience includes representing:

Digital Assets, Copyright, Unfair Competition, and Antitrust Litigation

  • CoStar Group, an international commercial real estate data firm, in securing:
    • The largest judgment in history for the infringement of copyrighted images, in which CoStar secured a US$500 million judgment in copyright, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and unfair competition litigation against its leading competitor. Nick served as lead counsel in the US and coordinated related lawsuits against the competitor’s agents in the Philippines and India. Case developments were covered by The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, The Telegraph (London), The Washington Business Journal, Bisnow, and Law360.*
    • The dismissal with prejudice of federal and state antitrust claims brought by a Los Angeles-based competitor against CoStar
    • A permanent injunction against a second Los Angeles-based competitor in a copyright and unfair competition case in California, mandating the defendant’s use of a copyright filter and requires the payment of US$10,000 per day, per photograph, if further copyright infringement occurs*
    • A judgment and permanent injunction in copyright litigation in Texas, imposing a copyright filter on the defendant’s website, and ordering an initial seven-figure damages payment*
  • MGM, Universal, Paramount, and other major motion picture studios in the landmark MGM v. Grokster copyright case against file-sharing service providers*

Securities and M&A Litigation

  • CoStar Group in litigation in Delaware over compensation owed as a result of a busted deal
  • HSBC in a US$508 million mortgage-backed securities suit in New York, in which a New York intermediate appellate court dismissed all of the claims against HSBC — which Law360 reported “marks the first time a case of its kind has been dismissed on this basis” — and the New York Court of Appeals affirmed, dismissing the half-billion dollar action*
  • UBS in a dispute involving Goldman Sachs and PIMCO regarding a half-billion dollar sale of mortgage-backed securities*
  • An international energy company in a complex civil litigation in Delaware involving allegations of fraud and breaches of the securities laws in connection with the sale of a power plant*

Trade Secrets and Employment Litigation

  • The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, in:
    • Securing a favorable settlement in trade secrets litigation in New York over the hiring of a senior executive*
    • A trade secrets case in Texas involving acquiring the largest marina in the US*
  • Multiple inter-dealer brokers as witnesses in a 16-week jury trial in New Jersey involving RICO, trade secrets, and unfair competition claims*

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • A natural gas marketing company in a variety of civil and regulatory actions in Texas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma stemming from the 2021 big freeze, including favorably resolving multi-hundred-million-dollar disputes before various public service commissions
  • The Carlyle Group, as plaintiff, in a US$100 million contract case in Delaware Chancery Court*
  • A global bank in antitrust and Commodity Exchange Act lawsuits relating to US Treasury auctions*
  • A mortgage-servicing company before the Delaware Supreme Court and Delaware Chancery Court, in which Nick argued the appeal that led to the landmark Central Mortgage decision clarifying Delaware’s pleading standard*
  • Sprint-Nextel in a breach-of-contract action in Los Angeles brought by former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating and a group of investors seeking US$200 million in connection with a mobile phone joint venture, in which — after Sprint obtained sanctions twice against the plaintiffs — the plaintiffs dismissed their case with prejudice and made a payment to Sprint*
  • UBS in a New York breach-of-contract action involving a US$100 million mortgage portfolio*
  • The non-settling plaintiff states in the 10-week remedies trial in the landmark Microsoft antitrust case in the US District Court for the District of Columbia*
  • A generic pharmaceutical manufacturer’s owner in a criminal case involving FDA felony charges*
  • A pioneering Internet telephony company in a patent infringement case in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey against eBay and Skype*


  • An inter-dealer brokerage desk in a FINRA arbitration involving claims of illegal hiring and theft of confidential information, in which the panel denied the claimant’s multi-million dollar claims and granted 100% of the desk’s counterclaims. The favorable verdict was reported in The Financial Times, Forbes, and Bloomberg.*
  • NBA Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown in his US$50 million ad hoc arbitration against the New York Knicks, which was resolved after the merits hearing, for which The New York Post described Nick as a “legal pit bull”*
  • Cantor Fitzgerald affiliates in a AAA/ICDR arbitration against a London-based inter-dealer brokerage that misappropriated US Treasuries price data*
  • Two bankers in a FINRA arbitration in Dallas involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation and violation of restrictive covenants*

Mr. Boyle’s thought leadership includes:

  • “Nick Boyle – Accomplished International Litigator,” How I Lawyer Podcast (January 10, 2021)
  • “Leveraging Liberal American Discovery Rules in Non-U.S. Cases,” International Quarterly, Reuters (July 30, 2018)
  • “The Uses of Prior Conduct in Copyright Cases,” ALM: Law Journal Newsletters (September 2017)
  • “The government’s carrot-and-stick approach to corporate confidentiality,” Compliance Week (October 2016)
  • “Considerations When Invoking The Recently Enacted DTSA,” Law360 (August 26, 2016)
  • “Securing the Benefits of Arbitration: Thoughtful Drafting of Arbitration Clauses Parts 1-4,” Bloomberg BNA (July 2016)
  • “Restrictive Covenants: The Law In Flux,” Law360 (February 4, 2016)
  • “The Long Arm of the Law: The Availability of US Discovery in Non-US Cases,” Civil Justice Quarterly, Issue 1 (2010)

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • LL.M. (Fulbright Scholar), Harvard Law School, 1996
  • LL.M. (with high honors), Cambridge University, 1995
  • LL.B. (First Class Honors), London University, Kings College, 1994