Laura DissGradel


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 (FCRA) and represented the Boston Red Sox in the first jury trial in Massachusetts regarding a foul ball injury. Laura has broad litigation experience across a variety of industries, including class actions, civil antitrust 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 and representing them in immigration proceedings. Laura also teaches appellate practice and trial practice skills to Boston middle school students. While in law school, Laura co-wrote a winning appellate brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of an individual in need of representation in her federal immigration appeal.

Laura is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, 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).


  • 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 500 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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