Lisa M. Coyle

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Experience

Lisa M. Coyle has nearly fifteen years of experience representing large and small domestic and international corporations, entrepreneurs and other individuals, financial institutions, and foreign sovereigns in complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters.

Her representative experience includes:

  • shareholder disputes
  • derivative actions
  • business divorces
  • breach of contract
  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • business tort cases
  • stock options disputes
  • cases arising under federal securities laws and anti-discrimination, harassment, and retaliation laws
Lisa has substantial experience representing clients in litigation arising out of failed corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. 

She also frequently advises clients in connection with pre-litigation dispute resolution in order to help them achieve a favorable result without the financial and emotional toll that often accompanies litigation. 

Lisa works closely with clients to devise, develop, and implement novel and creative solutions to complex problems. She focuses on litigation strategies designed to achieve her client’s business objectives, regardless of whether a case can be settled prior to filing a complaint, or must go all the way through trial and appeal.

Lisa has defended and prosecuted numerous claims in a wide range of jurisdictions, including:

  • The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • The International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association
  • The Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • The Delaware Court of Chancery
  • A wide range of federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, and appellate courts

In addition, Lisa provides analysis of current commercial litigation issues for the Robins Kaplan Trial Attorneys Blog.

Obtained highly favorable settlement for victim of employment retaliation under New York City and New York State Human Rights Laws. Lisa served as lead counsel and was involved in all aspects of the case.

Obtained highly favorable settlement for defendant company and its directors and officers in breach of contract, defamation and employment discrimination under New York City Human Rights Law case. Lisa served as lead counsel and was involved in all aspects the case.

Obtained highly favorable settlement for victim of age and race discrimination under the New York State Human Rights Law and Title VII. Lisa served as lead counsel on the case.

Attained unanimous reversal by First Department of trial court order denying Chinese investor clients’ motion to dismiss breach of contract claims asserted by investment banking firm and affiliated broker-dealer. Lisa served as the senior counsel on, and was involved in all aspects of, the appeal.

Obtained highly favorable settlement for victim of discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law based on her status as a victim of domestic violence (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)

Won dismissal of all claims asserted against client in highly publicized multi-district litigation consolidated in Delaware federal court, in which putative class alleged privacy violations by several major advertising company defendants; successfully defended dismissal of claims on appeal to Third Circuit; and successfully opposed claimants’ petition for writ of certiorari seeking Supreme Court review of the Third Circuit’s decision.  Lisa served as the senior associate on, and was involved in all aspects of, the case, including directly advising the client regarding litigation strategy. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Won dismissal of breach of contract claims against agency of foreign sovereign following five-day hearing in arbitration administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association.  Lisa participated in all aspects of the case, including cross-examination of witnesses at the hearing. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Won summary judgment dismissing breach of contract claim against Fortune 100 financial institution, and successfully defended decision before the Second Circuit.  Lisa was involved in all aspects of the case, including arguing the appeal before the Second Circuit. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Won summary judgment on behalf of numerous funds and other entities in post-confirmation litigation over enforceability of contingent value rights agreement entered into in connection with the confirmed plan of reorganization of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island.  Serving as the senior associate on the matter, Lisa was involved in all aspects of the case, including defending the deposition of the client representative. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Successfully represented Fortune 500 energy company in defense of shareholder actions in Delaware and Virginia challenging $7 billion acquisition.  Lisa was involved in all aspects of the case, including managing a team of nearly 100 attorneys in expedited review of nearly 100,000 documents. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained favorable settlement for large foreign electronics manufacturer in connection with putative class action alleging violations of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.  Lisa was involved in all aspects of the case, including drafting the motion to dismiss, working with expert witnesses to devise defense strategy, and participating in settlement negotiations. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained temporary restraining order in favor of hotel management company proscribing further use of self-help by mortgage lender and hotel purchaser defendants.  Lisa successfully defended hotel against middle-of-the-night take-over attempt by defendants, negotiating with police to avoid removal of hotel management company representatives until matter could be brought before the Court. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained pre-litigation settlement favorable to client, the representative of a group of former shareholders of a life sciences company, in a dispute over the purchaser’s failure to release funds from escrow following the sale of the company.  As the senior associate on the matter, Lisa was involved in all aspects of the case including the development and implementation of negotiation and litigation strategy. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained order of possession from the Civil Court of the City of New York in favor of real estate fund in holdover proceeding to evict commercial tenant.  Lisa served as the senior associate on, and was involved in all aspects of, the case. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented publicly traded packaging company in connection with SEC investigation into accounting irregularities where SEC closed investigation without any enforcement action.  Serving as the senior associate on the matter, Lisa was involved in all aspects of the investigation, including strategy development and meeting with the SEC. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented class of current and former inmates of New York City jails on Rikers Island challenging the unconstitutional use of excessive force by Department of Correction staff, with a resulting settlement that put in place a comprehensive set of reform measures.  Serving as the senior associate on the case, Lisa took numerous depositions of corrections officers prior to the case’s favorable settlement. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Won dismissal of breach of contract claims against foreign sovereign in the District of Columbia and Southern District of New York, and successfully defended decisions on appeal to the DC and Second Circuits, respectively.  Lisa was involved in all aspects of the case, including drafting all motion to dismiss and appellate briefs. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Advised major international energy company in developing strategy for potential litigation, and ultimately reaching pre-suit settlement, of dispute with former joint venture partner.  Lisa served as the senior associate on the matter and was involved in all aspects of the case, including directly advising company during strategy meeting regarding potential litigation. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Directly advising foreign sovereign regarding risk of attachment of assets located in the United States in connection with numerous tort claims pending against sovereign in various United States courts. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Super Lawyers 2019
  • Named to "Top Women Faculty" List, Lawline (2019)
  • Named a “New York Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
  • Animal Haven, Volunteer
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (2005), cum laude; Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, editor (2002-2003)
  • Arizona State University, B.S. in Psychology (2001), summa cum laude
Professional Associations
  • New York County Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Using Proven Strategies to Prepare for Depositions
    Clear Law Institute, Webinar (April 24, 2020)
  • Deposition Strategies and Techniques Honing Your Skills and Finding Your Style
    New York City Bar, New York, New York (June 19, 2019)
  • Overview of Risks and Regulations Impacting FinTech Companies in the United States
    Malaysian FinTech Symposium, New York, New York (July 14, 2017)
  • After the Activism: Navigating Legal and Ethical Issues Facing Companies, Directors and Shareholders When Shareholder-Nominated Directors Join the Boards of Public Companies
    Moderator, Ropes & Gray New York CLE Ethics Series (July 25, 2016)
  • Harvard Law School Private Sector Career Forum 2009
    Panelist, International Arbitration and Litigation Panel, Boston, Massachusetts (November 7, 2009)
June 1, 2020
Taking and Defending Depositions: Strategic Tips and Techniques
Lisa M. Coyle - New York City Bar Association
Remote
April 24, 2020
Using Proven Strategies to Prepare for Depositions
Lisa Coyle, Rayna Kessler - Clear Law Institute
Remote

RESOURCES

Links to full publications and news releases.

PUBLICATIONS

Summer 2020
Mentoring Diverse Attorneys During the Pandemic
Lisa Coyle, Manleen Singh - The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. and REAL TALK: The Robins Kaplan Business Law Update Summer 2020
May 6, 2020
Mentoring Diverse Attorneys During the Pandemic
Lisa Coyle, Manleen Singh - Bloomberg Law
March 25, 2020
When Anti-SLAAP And Employment Bias Laws Collide
Lisa Coyle, Vincent Licata - Law360
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