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Jeffrey A. Wadsworth

Partner
  • Rochester
  • 585.231.1113
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A fierce and trusted advocate, Jeff values preparation, creativity, and good judgment in leading clients to favorable outcomes through all stages of litigation.

Jeff strategizes from the very beginning of a case to position his clients for success and excels at making the most powerful arguments to the courts. Jeff has represented clients in state and federal trial courts around the country, and has significant appellate experience.

Drawing on his experience as a former attorney with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Washington D.C., and as a former counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, Jeff effectively counsels individuals and businesses of all sizes on a wide range of business litigation, antitrust, and constitutional issues.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Advisory Group to the New York State and Federal Judicial Council
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Board Member, Hunt Hollow Ski Club
  • Former Board Member, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

HONORS & AWARDS

  • New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® 2015 Pro Bono Honoree
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Commercial Litigation
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2012-2018
  • Recipient, “Up and Coming Attorneys” Award, The Daily Record, 2010
  • George Washington University Law School
    • Editor-in-Chief, George Washington Law Review
    • Order of the Coif

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Business and IP Litigation

  • Quintel Technology Ltd. v. Huawei Technologies Co. (E.D. Tex. 2018) -- Served as lead trial counsel for a telecommunications technology company plaintiff in a case alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of a non-disclosure agreement, fraud, and joint inventorship of a patent. The case was successfully settled on terms favorable to the client on the sixth day of a jury trial in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Giftcraft, Inc. v. K&K Interiors, Inc. (N.Y. Monroe Cty. 2015) -- Represented a wholesale home décor and gift company in its claims against a competitor and former sales representatives for tortious interference and breaches of non-solicitation agreements.
  • TuitionFund, LLC v. First Horizon Nat’l Corp. (M.D. Tenn. 2014) -- Represented a technology company and four financial institutions in a case alleging infringement of financial industry business method patents.
  • Pictometry International Corp. v. Blom ASA (2011-2012) -- Served as lead counsel in an international license dispute conducted under ICC arbitration rules seated in London, with collateral litigation in Oslo, Norway and Rochester, New York.
  • Laboratory Corp. of America v. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc. (S. Ct. 2006) -- Participated in the successful representation of the prevailing party to preserve a Federal Circuit ruling upholding the validity of a two-step process patent setting forth a method for diagnosing vitamin deficiencies.*

Antitrust

  • Meyer v. Kalanick (SDNY 2016) -- Represented an Uber user and a putative class of all U.S. Uber riders against Uber’s CEO for unlawfully fixing prices in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

  • Abbouds’ McDonald’s LLC v. McDonald’s Corp. (9th Cir. 2006) -- Participated in the successful representation of a national franchisor against claims of bid-rigging.* 

Constitutional Law

  • Caplash v. Johnson (W.D.N.Y. 2017) -- Successfully challenged on due process grounds the federal government’s denial of a citizen’s immigration-related petition.

  • Holland v. Goord (2d Cir. 2014) -- Successfully advocated for the First Amendment rights of a Muslim inmate.

  • Dandamudi v. Tisch (2d Cir. 2012) -- Successfully challenged the constitutionality of New York State professional licensing statutes that discriminated against H-1B visa holders.

  • Bush v. Gore (S. Ct. 2000) -- Participated in the successful representation of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election.*

* Worked on these matters prior to joining HSE.

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York

CLERKSHIP

  • Judge Karen J. Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1999-2000

EDUCATION

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with highest honors
  • College of William & Mary, B.A.
HSE Law
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Jeffrey A. Wadsworth
Partner
jwadsworth@hselaw.com
tel: 585.231.1113
fax: 585.232.2152

A fierce and trusted advocate, Jeff values preparation, creativity, and good judgment in leading clients to favorable outcomes through all stages of litigation.

Jeff strategizes from the very beginning of a case to position his clients for success and excels at making the most powerful arguments to the courts. Jeff has represented clients in state and federal trial courts around the country, and has significant appellate experience.

Drawing on his experience as a former attorney with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Washington D.C., and as a former counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, Jeff effectively counsels individuals and businesses of all sizes on a wide range of business litigation, antitrust, and constitutional issues.

Representative Experience

Business and IP Litigation

  • Quintel Technology Ltd. v. Huawei Technologies Co. (E.D. Tex. 2018) -- Served as lead trial counsel for a telecommunications technology company plaintiff in a case alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of a non-disclosure agreement, fraud, and joint inventorship of a patent. The case was successfully settled on terms favorable to the client on the sixth day of a jury trial in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Giftcraft, Inc. v. K&K Interiors, Inc. (N.Y. Monroe Cty. 2015) -- Represented a wholesale home décor and gift company in its claims against a competitor and former sales representatives for tortious interference and breaches of non-solicitation agreements.
  • TuitionFund, LLC v. First Horizon Nat’l Corp. (M.D. Tenn. 2014) -- Represented a technology company and four financial institutions in a case alleging infringement of financial industry business method patents.
  • Pictometry International Corp. v. Blom ASA (2011-2012) -- Served as lead counsel in an international license dispute conducted under ICC arbitration rules seated in London, with collateral litigation in Oslo, Norway and Rochester, New York.
  • Laboratory Corp. of America v. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc. (S. Ct. 2006) -- Participated in the successful representation of the prevailing party to preserve a Federal Circuit ruling upholding the validity of a two-step process patent setting forth a method for diagnosing vitamin deficiencies.*

Antitrust

  • Meyer v. Kalanick (SDNY 2016) -- Represented an Uber user and a putative class of all U.S. Uber riders against Uber’s CEO for unlawfully fixing prices in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

  • Abbouds’ McDonald’s LLC v. McDonald’s Corp. (9th Cir. 2006) -- Participated in the successful representation of a national franchisor against claims of bid-rigging.* 

Constitutional Law

  • Caplash v. Johnson (W.D.N.Y. 2017) -- Successfully challenged on due process grounds the federal government’s denial of a citizen’s immigration-related petition.

  • Holland v. Goord (2d Cir. 2014) -- Successfully advocated for the First Amendment rights of a Muslim inmate.

  • Dandamudi v. Tisch (2d Cir. 2012) -- Successfully challenged the constitutionality of New York State professional licensing statutes that discriminated against H-1B visa holders.

  • Bush v. Gore (S. Ct. 2000) -- Participated in the successful representation of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election.*

* Worked on these matters prior to joining HSE.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Member, Advisory Group to the New York State and Federal Judicial Council
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Board Member, Hunt Hollow Ski Club
  • Former Board Member, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Honors & Awards

  • New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® 2015 Pro Bono Honoree
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Commercial Litigation
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2012-2018
  • Recipient, “Up and Coming Attorneys” Award, The Daily Record, 2010
  • George Washington University Law School
    • Editor-in-Chief, George Washington Law Review
    • Order of the Coif

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Clerkship

  • Judge Karen J. Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1999-2000

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with highest honors
  • College of William & Mary, B.A.

Disclaimer

This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

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