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Nicole P. Dogwill

Partner

Nicole Dogwill, a Partner in Joseph & Cohen’s San Francisco office, is a skilled litigator with experience in advising and defending leading, established and emerging companies, as well as their directors and officers, on matters involving fiduciary duty, corporate governance, securities, fraud, antitrust/unfair business practices, and related business claims.

Ms. Dogwill also advises and litigates fiduciary duty and related claims arising in trust and estate matters. She has significant experience advising and litigating claims involving directors, officers, trustees, and all other fiduciaries including in precedent setting reported cases.

Ms. Dogwill was named a “future star” in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation. The National LGBT Bar Association selected Ms. Dogwill as one of the Top 40 under 40 LGBT Attorneys for 2010. She is currently the Director of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Board of Directors. She is also the Director of StartOut, a national nonprofit organization that supports LGBT entrepreneurs.

Ms. Dogwill’s representative matters include:

  • Lead defense counsel for a liquidator and former directors of numerous bank holding companies in disputes adverse to shareholders as well as the FDIC as Receiver of the defunct banks;
  • Lead defense counsel for a non-manufacturing patentee against a shareholder fiduciary duty and securities class action in connection with a dissolution of the company;
  • Lead defense and appellate counsel in Berg & Berg Enterprises, Inc. v. Boyle, et al., 178 Cal. App. 4th (1020) (2009), securing a favorable California appellate decision of first impression on behalf of a director of a failed telecommunications company regarding the scope of a director’s fiduciary duties for an insolvent company;
  • Lead counsel advising and defending several non-profit companies and their board of directors with respect to fiduciary duty matters
  • Successfully defended on summary judgment a $400 million antitrust price-fixing and unfair business practices lawsuit on behalf of a pharmaceutical company;
  • Trial defense verdict on behalf of a public Ethernet network solutions company’s commercial dispute with one of its suppliers;
  • Successfully litigated a $10 million plaintiff verdict on behalf of a director of a semiconductor company in a breach of fiduciary duty dispute with other company directors;
  • Successfully litigated a breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent conveyance dispute on behalf of a liquidating trustee of an insolvent subprime mortgage lender against the lender’s former officers and directors, resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement;
  • Successfully litigated a breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice dispute on behalf of an estate beneficiary against the estate trustee and counsel resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement;
  • Successfully litigated a $10 million antitrust/unfair business practices and trade libel lawsuit on behalf of a public fiber optics company resulting in settlement without payment of any claimed damages;
  • Successfully litigated a $10 million breach of fiduciary duty/contract dispute on behalf of an international videoconferencing/telephony client resulting in settlement without payment of any claimed damages; and
  • Successfully litigated a $4 million international commercial and fraud dispute on behalf of a public fiber optics company resulting in settlement of less than 2 percent of the claimed damages.

Prior to joining Joseph & Cohen, Ms. Dogwill was a partner at Shartsis Friese LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP, respectively.

Ms. Dogwill received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1998, where she was managing editor of MSU College of Law Review.