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Qian A. Gao

New York

t: 212.303.3649
f: 212.446.2350
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Areas of Practice




Class Actions

Global Investigations and White Collar Defense

Intellectual Property

Pro Bono

Securities Litigation


Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2006; Columbia Law Review Articles Editor; Co-Chair of Asian Pacific Law Students Association; Student Senate

Harvard University, A.B., History, 2003; Director of Development and Circulation Manager of The Harvard Crimson; Assistant Manager at Harvard Student Agencies

Language Spoken

Mandarin Chinese


New York

United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit; District of Columbia Circuit

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

Qian Gao is a litigator who joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in January 2015. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gao was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she had a wide-ranging civil litigation and regulatory enforcement practice in the areas of commodities and securities law, antitrust law, bank regulation and general commercial litigation.  While at Sullivan & Cromwell, Ms. Gao’s clients included Barclays plc, BP plc, Diageo plc, Dyson, Eastman Kodak Company, Goldman, Sachs & Co., HSBC Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Microsoft Corporation and UBS.  Ms. Gao’s representative matters include:

Civil Litigation

  • Represented Microsoft in antitrust action brought by plaintiff seeking $4 billion in damages and obtained, after eight week trial, a judgment as a matter of law that was unanimously affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Represented Barclays Bank plc in putative class action alleging Sherman Act Section 1 claim relating to foreign exchange trading practices.
  • Represented Diageo plc in civil RICO action brought by the Republic of Colombia alleging a money laundering and smuggling scheme.
  • Represented Dyson in patent infringement action brought by Bissell, which settled on terms favorable to Dyson.
  • Represented Vanguard trustees in obtaining dismissal of derivative and class actions alleging RICO claims and breaches of fiduciary duty. 
  • Represented HSBC Bank USA in obtaining dismissal of action seeking over $2.7 billion plus interest in sanctions against HSBC, in connection with a default judgment that plaintiffs obtained against the government of Iran. 

White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement Actions and Internal Investigations

  • Represented clients in connection with internal investigations and investigations by the Department of Justice, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Federal Trade Commission, New York State Department of Financial Services and various self-regulatory organizations relating to foreign exchange trading, insider trading, algorithmic trading, commodities, subprime securities, municipal contracts and advertising.

Pro Bono

  • Second-chaired 13-day hearing in attorney disciplinary case, resulting in the issuance of a Report and Recommendation in favor of the client.  Argued appeal before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and obtained affirmance.
  • Represented death row inmate in lawsuit challenging lethal injection protocol and other matters.


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