Felice B. Galant

Senior Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3049
Felice B. Galant

Felice B. Galant

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Biography

Felice Galant has been in the firm's New York office since 1991.  She practices in a wide range of areas, including complex commercial, securities, energy, toxic tort, contract, and business litigation.  Felice has conducted numerous government and internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and allegations of insider trading, securities fraud, and bank fraud, in the United States and countries throughout Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Europe.  She has represented clients in regulatory proceedings before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  She also has extensive experience handling parallel civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings across multiple jurisdictions.  


Professional experience

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JD, St. John's University School of Law, 1991
BA, Latin, Bryn Mawr College, 1985

While Felice was in law school, she was editor-in-chief of the St. John's Law Review.  She is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

  • Connecticut State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar

Litigation and Arbitration 

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of claims by high stakes trader against securities brokerage firm 
  • Secured summary judgment dismissal of claims alleging securities fraud and related state law claims against securities firm  
  • Represented energy company in class action under the Commodity Exchange Act alleging price manipulation of NYMEX futures contracts
  • Represented energy company in litigation and regulatory proceedings commenced by the CFTC and FERC regarding alleged manipulation of  price indices for commodities
  • Secured summary judgment dismissal of claims arising under alleged consulting contract to develop business in India for  oil and gas exploration company
  • Obtained pre-discovery dismissal of claims under distributorship contract for oil services company
  • Represented seller of power plant in South America in dispute with buyer under purchase and sale agreement in ICC arbitration 
  • Represented chemical manufacturer in multiple toxic tort cases, including both alleged workplace exposure and groundwater contamination
  • Represented drilling company in maritime contract dispute involving transcontinental litigation and arbitration and attempted maritime attachment of funds and vessels
  • Represented Jones Act ship-builder in credit crisis dispute in state court and bankruptcy court, and secured favorable settlement
  • Obtained pre-discovery dismissal of suit brought under The Death on the High Seas Act relating to explosion on vessel for energy and chemical company
  • Defeated motion for injunctive relief and obtained summary judgment dismissal of claims arising under agreement to purchase New York City landmark building on behalf of the seller
  • Represented European nation in suit against New York developer relating to the nation's mission to the United Nations, obtaining summary judgment dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims
  • Represented chapter 11 trustee in entertainment contract dispute with casino and racetrack, resulting in favorable settlement on fourth day of trial 
  • Defeated preliminary injunction motion and secured dismissal of website trade dress infringement claim for live advice Internet-based company in suit by competitor
  • Recovered attorneys' fees and obtained injunctive relief against Internet "free gift card" outfits for false advertising and trademark and trade dress infringement on behalf of coffee retailer and men's retailer
  • Represented telecommunications company in arbitration with Internet technology firm, involving claims for breach of Internet development agreement and trade secret misappropriation
  • Settled dispute favorably for software company in international arbitration with licensor of credit card processing software for alleged breach of licensing agreement 
  • Tried breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, accounting fraud and conversion cases in federal and state courts 


Government and Internal Investigations

  • Conducted internal investigation regarding revenue recognition under federal securities laws for electronics company
  • Represented healthcare provider in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of alleged insider trading and Medicaid and Medicare fraud 
  • Conducted internal investigation for multinational company in Indonesia and The Philippines in connection with potential FCPA violations relating to possible bribes paid to tax officials and local judges
  • Conducted internal and government investigation for manufacturing and engineering company in Qatar and Morocco in connection with potential FCPA violations relating to alleged bribes paid to government officials to secure government infrastructure contracts
  • Conducted internal investigation for global company in China and Korea in connection with potential FCPA violations based on possible bribes paid to avoid customs, immigration and licensing requirements  
  • Performed multiple investigations of global company's activities in West Africa, South America, and former Soviet republic in connection with potential FCPA violations based on alleged payments made to avoid local importation, customs, and permitting laws, and to secure government business   
  • Performed investigations for global firm in connection with potential FCPA violations arising from business conducted in Mexico and South America with state-owned entities 
  • Regularly performs FCPA due diligence on merger and business partners for firm clients 
  • Provides FCPA and anti-corruption training to senior management, employees, and contractors
  • Preparation of compliance policies and programs and advising audit committees and internal audit departments on anti-corruption and compliance matters
  • "Topical Issues and Law Reforms in the Shipping Sector, The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," Legalseas - Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, March 2015  
  • "Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement and How to Manage Risk," Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, January 2014  
  • Co-Author with Don DeGabrielle and Jena Goldmark, "How to Keep Regulators Out of Your Energy Business," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation's Energy Litigation Journal, Winter 2010   
  • Co-Author with Joshua Lichtman, "Private Litigation: Market Manipulation," 2007 Trends in Energy Litigation Report, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, February 2007
  • "Recent Arbitration Cases," Arbitration Conference for AT&T Corp., February 2, 2001
  • Co-Author with Joseph Zammit, "Copyright Infringement of Computer Programs," 1998
  • Co-Author with Joseph Zammit, "Legal Considerations in Doing Business on the World Wide Web," Law Journal Seminars-Press, Computer Law: Negotiating Complex Transactions, New York Law Publishing Company, April 1997 (the section on encryption was used by the United States Defense Institute)
  • Co-Author with Joseph Zammit, "Proper Drafting to Avoid Litigation and Increase Chances of Winning Disputes," 1994
  • "The Second Circuit's Approach to Bail and the Civil Plaintiff in Landau v. Vallen," St. John's Law Review, Spring/Summer 1990
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section and Energy Litigation Committee 
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the City of New York
  • Representation of applicants for political asylum with Human Rights First
  • Lawyers' Committee - Voter Protection (local and national elections)
  • Legal Outreach - City High School Mentorship Program, Mentor and Debate Judge 
  • St. John's University School of Law, Past Director, Alumni Association (1991 - 1998)
  • Seton Hall University Law School, Adviser to Constitutional Law Journal (1992 - 1993)