Laura DissGradel

Associate

Boston + 1.617.449.6894

Laura Diss Gradel represents a diverse array of clients facing complex litigation challenges in federal and state courts. She has served as lead defense counsel in numerous lawsuits arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and has broad litigation experience, including class actions, residential mortgage-backed securities lawsuits, government-challenged mergers, and intellectual property disputes. Laura has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including written discovery, offensive and defensive deposition preparation, motion practice, mediations, trial preparation, and settlement negotiations.

Laura also maintains a vibrant pro bono practice and engages in community service on behalf of the Firm. She is active in the Firm's Laredo Project, advocating for asylum seekers fleeing violence in their home countries. Laura also teaches appellate practice and trial practice skills to Boston middle school students. While in law school, Laura participated in the Federal Appeals Clinic, which provides pro bono legal assistance for individuals in need of representation in their federal immigration appeals. As a member of the clinic, she co-wrote a winning appellate brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Laura is also an active member of the Women's Bar Association and the Wellesley College Alumnae Club of Boston.

Laura is the author of "Whether You ‘Like’ It or Not: The Inclusion of Social Media Evidence in Sexual Harassment Cases and How Courts Can Effectively Control It," 54 B.C. L. Rev. 1841 (2013).

Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuitOn March 27, 2019, following nearly four weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Dedham, Massachusetts returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, in a wrongful death case.
  • Universities defend multidistrict putative class action litigation brought by former football playersJones Day is serving as lead counsel for all NCAA member institution defendants in a multidistrict litigation ("MDL") consolidating more than 300 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players.
  • U.S. Bank prevails on appeal and obtains settlement in putative class action alleging tens of billions in class-wide losses in connection with residential mortgage backed securitiesJones Day represented U.S. Bank National Association in putative class actions filed in New York state court seeking tens of billions of dollars in alleged class-wide losses in connection with investments in certificates and notes issued by over 800 residential mortgage backed securities trusts for which U.S. Bank served as trustee.
  • Red Sox prevail in first-ever foul ball trialJones Day prevailed on behalf of the Boston Red Sox in a two-week jury trial brought by a fan who was hit by a foul ball in an upper-level premium seating area of Fenway Park.
  • Sanofi defends proposed class action alleging improper Orange Book listings and sham patent litigationJones Day is defending Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC against a proposed class action alleging that Sanofi improperly listed certain patents in the FDA's Orange Book and engaged in sham patent litigation to forestall competition for its diabetes drug, Lantus.
  • Additional Publications

    • February 1, 2018
      Have Coupon Settlements Reached Their Expiration Date, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
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