Greta A. Fails

Greta Fails is a member of Choate’s Litigation Department and focuses her practice on litigating complex federal and state civil cases, including antitrust and intellectual property matters.  Prior to joining Choate, Ms. Fails was an associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where she assisted in representing corporations and financial institutions in complex commercial litigation, including cross-border bankruptcy work.  Ms. Fails also is committed to pro bono work, including immigration, family, estate, and criminal law matters.

During law school, she served as Managing Editor of Production for Annual Survey of American Law, and interned with the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, Civil Division and the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Claims Bureau.

Practice Focus

Complex Commercial Litigation:  antitrust, unfair competition, contract, and other complex commercial litigation for corporations and financial institutions.

Complex Intellectual Property Disputes:  complex patent infringement and trade secret litigation within technology and life sciences, and software industries.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented biotechnology company in trade secret misappropriation dispute involving RNAi therapeutics.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in patent infringement and related antitrust litigation involving innovative methods of processing therapeutic polysaccharides.
  • Represented corporations in various industries in arbitrations of contract disputes.
  • Represented insolvency administrators of Nortel group’s European, Middle Eastern, and African affiliates in cross-jurisdictional dispute over allocation of over $7 billion in asset sale proceeds.
  • Represented trustees of bankruptcy trust established to resolve asbestos personal injury claims.
  • Represented Japanese corporation in civil antitrust litigation alleging a conspiracy to fix prices of electrolytic and film capacitors.
  • Represented senior executives in connection with criminal antitrust investigations in the auto parts industry.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company before the Federal Trade Commission with respect to a $9.5 billion acquisition.
  • Represented retail warehouse club in patent infringement dispute involving replacement windshield wiper blades.
  • Represented non-profit corporation in contract and trademark dispute with its subsidiary.

Publications and Presentations

  • "Mass. Appeals Court Says No To Legal Stipulations," co-author, Appellate Law360, May 2016.
  • “Could Your Cure Walk Out the Door,” co-author, Corporate Counsel, January 2016.
  • “Indirect Information Exchanges to Hub-and-Spoke Cartels: Enforcement and Litigation Trends in the United States and Europe,” co-author, Competition Law & Policy Debate, 2015.
  • “The Boundary Between Zealous Advocacy and Obstruction of Justice after Sarbanes-Oxley,” author, Annual Survey of American Law, 2012.

Education & Credentials

New York University School of Law
JD, 2012, cum laude
Managing Editor of Production, Annual Survey of American Law
Yale University
BA, 2008, Economics



New York

U.S. District Courts, Eastern & Southern Districts of New York

U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit