Gail Westover, co-leader of Sutherland's Labor & Employment and Complex Business Litigation teams, advocates for clients in federal and state court litigation and arbitration. In more than 18 years, she has gained experience in energy, employment, ERISA, insurance, financial services, intellectual property, construction and general commercial contract disputes.
Gail has extensive trial and pre-trial experience, including managing all aspects of discovery, pre-trial motions and preparing executives and experts for testimony in complex cases involving millions of dollars and potential criminal consequences. Gail was an integral part of the team representing an international drilling contractor in one of the most significant environmental liability cases in the history of the United States. Previously Gail secured a $38 million jury verdict for her client in a trade secret misappropriation case against a major pharmaceutical company. Understanding that success measures differ in every matter, she partners with clients to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes.
Gail has appeared in trials and hearings before state and federal courts in California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. She has also conducted arbitrations in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and New York.
Won a $38 million verdict against a major pharmaceutical company and former client employee in a misappropriation of trade secrets case.
Won summary judgment for a large, international paper manufacturing company in a case seeking in excess of $10 million for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Assisted in the BP oil spill litigation and guided the drilling contractor through crisis management and regulatory issues following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.