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  • Education
    • J.D., Harvard Law School
    • B.A., Emory University
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Darnell S. Stanislaus is a Commercial Litigation associate in the New York office. He has managed matters of all sizes and complexity and has experience in all stages of a matter’s lifecycle, including initial investigation and discovery, trial, appeals and settlements.

Prior to joining Polsinelli, Darnell worked in the litigation and antitrust departments in the NYC office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. While there, he represented major, multinational companies in bet-the-company litigations in various state and federal courts across a diverse array of subject areas, including corporate, antitrust, securities, environmental and employment. He also advised on antitrust issues in connection with a number of significant domestic and global mergers and acquisitions.

Darnell’s keen understanding of his clients’ needs and his opponents’ motivations, his open communication and his passionate and creative advocacy, drive winning strategies and favorable resolutions for his clients.

  • Representing client against civil claims brought by The City of New York under New York State’s and New York City’s False Claims Acts.
  • Representing leading hemp industry client in a partnership dispute.
  • Representing client in a trade secret dispute related to internet marketing business.
  • Representing franchisee of indoor family entertainment centers against franchisor in an international arbitration concerning a contract dispute.
  • Represented New York Times bestselling author in an intellectual property/contract dispute.
  • Represented a leading information technology company in a federal bench trial concerning apportionment of superfund liability pursuant to federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act in connection with the company’s legacy operations.
  • Represented global medical company in a putative class action alleging gender-based pay discrimination claims arising under federal Title VII and Equal Pay Act.
  • Represented multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company in various shareholder derivative actions concerning the company’s licensing practices.
  • Represented investors in a securities dispute against financial advisory firms.
  • Represented major New York-based art gallery in a dispute with a former employee concerning the theft and misappropriation of the art gallery’s trade secrets.
  • Advised a premier media company on antitrust issues in connection with its acquisition by a multinational telecommunications company.