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Helen M. Maher

Partner
Armonk

t: 914 749 8258
f: 914 749 8300

hmaher@bsfllp.com
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Areas of Practice

Litigation

Antitrust

Sports Law


Education

Pace University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Environmental Law Certificate, 1998; Deans List; Lois Murphy Scholarship; Editor-in-Chief, Pace Environmental Law Review

University of Southern Maine, B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, 1994; Deans List; Intern, U.S. Senator William S. Cohen


Admissions

New York

North Carolina

United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

United States Courts of Appeals: Second, Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits

Helen Maher is a partner in the Firm’s Armonk office. She has tried, argued, and litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and has been involved in numerous forms of alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Maher has extensive experience handling complex antitrust, intellectual property, commercial, and other legal disputes, for both plaintiffs and defendants. For over a decade she has been providing strategic business advice to NASCAR, handling multi-billion-dollar antitrust and contractual claims. She has also represented the co-founder of AriZona Iced Tea in complex commercial litigation involving contractual, injunctive, and dissolution claims.

Representative Matters

  • Ferolito v. AriZona Beverages USA LLC involved a six-week trial in 2014 over the value of the company that makes AriZona Iced Tea, resulting in a judgment in excess of $1 billion in favor of her client. 
  • JMF Consulting Corp. v. Beverage Marketing USA involved a month-long trial that ended in a judgment in favor of her client. 
  • In Mayfield v. NASCAR she won a motion for judgment on the pleadings dismissing all claims against NASCAR in litigation filed by Sprint Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield in North Carolina federal court. The dismissal was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. 
  • In Kentucky Speedway v. NASCAR she secured a summary judgment victory in antitrust litigation filed in Kentucky federal court by Kentucky Speedway alleging monopolization of top-level stock car racing. The judgment was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 
  • She represented the plaintiff, one of the largest bakeries in the United States, in Neri’s Bakery Products v. J. J. Cassone Bakery, an antitrust suit filed in New York federal court against J.J. Cassone, a competing bakery. Ms. Maher defeated a motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment, and settled the case favorably for the client. 
  • She represented the defendant, a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, in New Hampshire Speedway v. Motor Racing Network, a New Hampshire federal court case involving the rights to broadcast certain sports events. 
  • She represented the plaintiff in Delta Airlines v. AirTran Airways in New York State court litigation involving complex contractual claims against other airlines. 
  • She represented Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network in New York Yankees v. Cablevision, antitrust litigation filed in New York federal court against Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and other satellite and cable carriers regarding carriage rights and terms. Following arbitration, the case settled favorably for the YES Network.
  • She represented Delta Airlines in American Airlines v. Imhof, defeating a preliminary injunction motion filed in New York federal court involving the employment of a former American Airlines employee. 
  • She assisted in the representation of the National Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group, in Maine People’s Alliance v. Mallinckrodt, a Maine federal court case involving an issue of first impression for claims made under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Following a three-week bench trial, the court ruled in favor of the Nclient. The decision was upheld by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • She represented NASCAR in Ferko v. NASCAR, an antitrust lawsuit seeking over $1 billion in damages by a shareholder suing on behalf of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. 

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

Benchmark Litigation: Top 250 Women in Litigation 2016, 2017

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Westchester County Bar Association

Publications

Boxing Promoter Faces Tough Fight In Antitrust Suit, Law360 (2015)

RFRA Is Not Needed: New York Land Use Regulations Accommodate Religious Use, New York Law Journal, 218 N.Y.L.J. 16 (1997)

Attempting to Legislate Attempted Environmental Crimes, Pace Environmental Law Review, 15 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 735 (1998)

Religious Uses and Zoning, Buffalo Environmental Law Journal, 5 Buff. Envtl. L.J. 309 (1998)

Related News

Fifty-three Attorneys Recognized as New York Metro Super Lawyers (October 10, 2016)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorneys Recognized as New York-Metro Super Lawyers (October 2015)

Helen Maher Listed Among Top 250 Women in Litigation (June 25, 2015)

Breach of Contract Case Won by BSF for AriZona Iced Tea Co-Owner (07.06.2012)

BSF Partners with KIND Project to Provide Pro Bono Services for Young Asylum Seekers (06.07.2011)

Litigation Notes (Firm Newsletter Spring 2011)

Political Asylum Secured by BSF for Threatened Youths (Firm Newsletter Spring 2011)

Federal court agrees with BSF and grants NASCAR's motion to dismiss Jeremy Mayfield's Claims (05.18.2010)

Other BSF Cases of Interest (Winter 2010)

BSF Tallies Another Victory for NASCAR (Winter 2010)

BSF Successfully Defends NASCAR in Sixth Circuit Appeal (December 11, 2009)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Obtains Stay for NASCAR Banning Jeremy Mayfield from NASCAR Racing (July 27, 2009)

Firm Report: May 2009 (May 2009)

Firm Report: January 2008 (Vol. 3, Issue I) (01.22.2008)

Kentucky Judge grants Summary Judgment in favor of NASCAR in $1.2 billion Antitrust Suit (January 14, 2008)

Firm Report: April 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue I) (04.01.2007)

Seminars and Speaking Engagements

Benchmark Litigation Women in Litigation Forum - New York (2015)