Asra Syed

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School JD, 2010
  • University of Texas at Austin MA, 2005
  • University of Texas at Austin BA, 2004

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York Bar
  • Texas Bar
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

Professional Activities

  • Texas State Bar Association (Member)
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) (Member)
  • Muslim Bar Association of New York

Publications/Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers — “The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch” in the category of Commercial Litigation, 2021

Asra Syed

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Asra Syed maintains an active litigation and counseling practice in which she couples her skills as a litigator with the savviness of a business lawyer.

Asra has significant experience in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the country. Her litigation practice involves all phases of litigation from business counseling, including the use of litigation as a business tool and risk avoidance, to the preparation and the filing of a lawsuit, through discovery, pretrial motions, consideration of settlement, trial, and appellate review. She has represented clients in the alcohol beverage, private equity, fashion, fitness, beauty care, and commercial real estate industries, and has successfully litigated disputes related to mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, trademark infringement, business torts, and other commercial actions.

  • Won arbitration for client, a major U.S. wine and spirits importer, in breach of contract dispute with supplier.
  • Represented a private equity fund client with $9 billion in assets under management in multiple forums (including an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration in Madrid) to enforce a letter of intent involving our client’s purchase of a group of beauty care companies. An ICC panel awarded our client €100 million in damages, which was paid in full after further litigation to collect the award.
  • Represented major U.S. wine and spirits importer against competitor’s allegations of trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and trademark dilution in SDNY.
  • Represented wine stores in investigation by New York State Liquor Authority that concluded in a favorable settlement; supervised and performed document discovery, drafted legal memoranda, prepared clients for interviews with SLA investigator and assistant general counsel, and represented clients during these interviews.
  • Represented members of limited partnership in dispute concerning control of limited partnership entity in Delaware Chancery Court. Successfully resolved through mediation.
  • Defended four fashion/home goods industry clients against allegations that their websites did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and settled each matter to client’s satisfaction.
  • Together with co-counsel at the YMCA of Greater Houston, successfully litigated for the release from ICE custody of two young sisters from an immigration detention facility in Houston, TX.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School JD, 2010
  • University of Texas at Austin MA, 2005
  • University of Texas at Austin BA, 2004

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York Bar
  • Texas Bar
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

Professional Activities

  • Texas State Bar Association (Member)
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) (Member)
  • Muslim Bar Association of New York

Publications/Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers — “The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch” in the category of Commercial Litigation, 2021