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Gregory S. Bombard is a trial lawyer focusing on trade secret litigation, business torts, and other complex commercial disputes. Greg represents pharmaceutical, technology, and manufacturing companies in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings throughout the United States. He regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret cases and related claims. Greg is a frequent writer and speaker on trade secret law and is the co-author of the book Protecting and Litigating Trade Secrets (2nd Ed.), published by the American Bar Association.

In addition to his trade secrets practice, Greg has deep experience defending consumer and business claims under the Unfair Trade Practice Acts of Massachusetts (Chapter 93A) and similar laws in other states. He has handled unfair trade practice litigation on behalf of banks, credit card processors, mortgage servicers, and other consumer finance companies.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biotech, against claims of trade secret misappropriation by a competing biotech company. Dicerna asserted novel counterclaims for abuse of process, tortious interference, and unfair trade practices based on its competitor’s alleged bad-faith litigation conduct. The counterclaims survived three rounds of dispositive motion practice. After resolution of the trade secret litigation, Dicerna was acquired by Novo Nordisk for $3.3 billion.°
  • Represented a biotech CSO negotiating a post-merger employment agreement in connection with a large acquisition. The negotiation focused on the scope of the executive’s noncompete agreement and going-forward confidentiality obligations.°
  • Represented a biotech startup in investigating claims of trade secret misappropriation brought by a competitor and former employer of key personnel.°
  • Represented a political data, polling, and communications firm in Washington, D.C. in a trade secret claim in which the client alleged a competitor used an elaborate scheme and false representations to obtain access to the client’s confidential business information and then used the information combined with falsehoods to harm the client in the marketplace. Defeated a motion to dismiss the claims by Defendants, after which the case resolved.°
  • Represented a packaging products sales firm in various trade secret, noncompete and confidential information matters related to incoming and departing sales employees. Assisted the client in implementing Massachusetts-compliant noncompete and NDA programs. Provided risk assessments for client on enforceability of noncompete and other restrictions on incoming new hires. Represented the client in successful litigation against departed employees who formed a competing company.°
  • Represented a manufacturer of composite technologies in a noncompete enforcement program and related trade secret litigation against competitors. Managed reminder letters and related correspondence and filed suit where appropriate to protect client’s trade secrets and confidential business information.°
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a trade secret and false advertising lawsuit against a former employee they alleged departed to form a competing company, breached his noncompete agreement, misappropriated secret information about ingredients and product formulations, and falsely represented features of his competing products. Defeated the former employee’s motion to compel arbitration and his motion for summary judgment in which he argued the alleged secrets entered the public domain through a patent application.°
  • Represented a Fortune 100 energy company in arbitration against its former employees. Client alleged that former employees misappropriated investment strategies related to energy trading markets and breached their non-solicitation agreements in forming a competing company with several key employees.°
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company executive in negotiating a modification to her noncompete agreement. The noncompete agreement as drafted would have effectively prevented the executive from working in her field. Negotiated a carve-out that allowed her to pursue opportunities with competitors after her departure from the company.°
  • Represented the LEGO Group and WarnerMedia in defense of a patent litigation in the District of Delaware. Plaintiff asserted that the LEGO Dimensions video game system infringed 17 of Plaintiff’s patents. Clients won institution of 5 petitions for inter partes review with the PTAB and won a related motion to stay the ongoing litigation in the District Court. The case resolved shortly thereafter.°
  • Represented a biotech startup manufacturer of cellular genetic sequencing instruments in a licensing dispute with a major research university. Our client held a co-exclusive license to certain patents with a large competitor. The competitor alleged our client failed to meet certain milestones in its co-exclusive license from the university. Lead counsel in a two-week bench trial in the Massachusetts Business Litigation Session.°
  • Represented a major news outlet against assertions of infringement by a non-practicing entity related to MPEG and HLS streaming standard.°
  • Represented the operator of a payment network in connection with inventorship claims brought by a competitor. Won a motion to dismiss on complicated jurisdictional grounds in the District of Arizona.°
  • Represented a group of emergency medicine providers in challenging an audit by MassHealth. Successfully challenged the validity of the statistical sampling and extrapolation technique employed by MassHealth to audit alleged overpayments to emergency medicine providers.°
  • Represented a group of emergency medicine providers in a four-day arbitration in the American Health Lawyers’ Association. Health care payor claimed it had overpaid the emergency room providers for services. Challenged the statistical sampling and extrapolation technique employed by the payor. Won an arbitrator’s award of money damages and a ruling that the insurer’s audit procedure violated New York insurance law.°
  • Represented a class of emergency medicine providers in Tennessee against a Managed Care Organization in challenging a reduction in reimbursement rates for emergency room services. Won a report and recommendation in favor of class certification on behalf of a class of emergency medicine providers and defeated defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the underlying merits.°
  • Represented a national mortgage lender in a two-day trial in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and won a jury verdict for permanent injunctive relief and money damages. The Court also dismissed the opponent’s counterclaims under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A).°
  • Represented national mortgage lender in a two-day bench trial in the Massachusetts Land Court and won a verdict of title to a disputed property and all related attorney’s fees. Opponent sought title to a disputed property and their attorney’s fees under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A), but the Court entered judgment in favor of the client on all counts.°
  • Represented a national mortgage servicer in a one-day bench trail. Client challenged the costs and fees incurred in rehabilitating a condemned property by a court-appointed receiver.°
  • Consumer/Class Action Litigation: Represented a national mortgage servicer in Massachusetts Superior Court in defense of borrower claims of breach of contract and alleged violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A) based on an allegedly dishonored modification of his mortgage loan. The Superior Court granted summary judgment to the client on all counts.°
  • Consumer/Class Action Litigation: Won a motion to dismiss a class action complaint against the vendor of automobile GAP plans. Plaintiffs alleged a violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A) on behalf of a putative class of Massachusetts consumers.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Bombard prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," 2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2021-2022
    • Listed, Massachusetts Rising Stars, 2015-2020
  • Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, “Excellence in the Law: Up & Coming Lawyers,” 2019
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Trade Secrets Litigation Subcommittee, 2020-Present
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, 2017-2020
    • Co-Chair, Senior Associates’ Forum Business Development Committee, 2018-2020
    • Co-Chair, Boston Bar Foundation 2018 Summer Soiree Planning Committee
    • Co-Chair, New Lawyers’ Section Social Events Committee, 2016-2017
    • Co-Chair, IP Basics Committee, 2016-2017
    • Junior Fellow, Boston Bar Foundation, 2018-Present
  • Board Member, Design Museum Everywhere, 2021-Present
  • Member, UConn Boston Alumni Association Advisory Committee, 2015-2019
  • Member, Greater Boston Food Bank Kitchen Cabinet, 2015-2019

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2010
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Connecticut, 2007
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Clerkships
  • Connecticut Superior Court, 2010-2011
Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit