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Nishanth V. Chari

New York

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New York University School of Law, J.D., 2010; Lederman/Milbank Law & Economics Fellow; Articles Editor, Law Review

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, English, Literature, 2006; Phi Beta Kappa; College Honors; Highest Departmental Honors; Clara Rusk Hastings Award for Academic Excellence in English


Hon. Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2010-2011


New York and California

Nishanth Chari is an associate in the firm’s New York office. His practice has primarily involved complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory inquiries. He was selected for a secondment to Barclays’ in-house legal team, where he specialized in internal investigations concerning potential financial misconduct, intellectual property, and employment issues. Mr. Chari also served on a trial team representing E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in the Southern District of New York regarding issues arising out of the sale of its textile business. He has also represented, pro bono, a victim of sexual assault seeking civil remedies against her assailant.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Chari has been involved in the representation of:

  • Barclays with respect to fraud allegations by the New York Attorney General concerning the marketing of its electronic trading platform;
  • Barclays in multi-jurisdictional litigation involving antitrust, RICO, securities, and state law claims with regard to the setting of benchmark interest rates;
  • Bank of New York Mellon in a series of complex litigation matters regarding its securities lending business;
  • the New York Yankees and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network in an antitrust class action by cable subscribers against Major League Baseball, individual clubs, and regional sports networks;
  • Vice President Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, and other former shareholders of Current Media in a fraud and breach of contract action against Al Jazeera;
  • John Hancock Financial in antitrust litigation regarding the administration of its insurance plans;
  • a major investment company pursuing fraud claims against a China-based company, its officers, and its auditors;
  • plaintiffs pursuing fraud class actions against two of the largest “feeder funds” for Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme;
  • American Express in antitrust litigation brought by the U.S. government, states, and individual merchants;
  • a wind energy company pursuing arbitration against a business partner;
  • an energy storage company seeking to appeal an arbitration award;
  • American victims of a suicide bombing in Israel suing a large international bank for terrorism financing;
  • a major airline with respect to potential trade remedies against competitor airlines;
  • an entrepreneur defending against a lawsuit brought by the SEC.

Prior to law school, Mr. Chari worked at Google Inc. in its legal department.


Disciplining Standard Form Contract Terms Through Online Information Flows: An Empirical Study, 85 N.Y.U. Law Review 1618 (2010)