Gary Vist offers extensive experience in complex, high-stakes business and commercial litigation in federal and state court, arbitration and mediation, as well as bankruptcy law-related matters. Achieving the right result is what consistently drives Gary to succeed on behalf of his clients. Known for his proven skill as a legal strategist, communication ability and constant accessibility to the clients he serves, Gary is personally dedicated to being better prepared than his opponents at every turn.
Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice, Gary is a veteran “bet the company” multi-party litigator who has succeeded in claims with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. Notably, Gary also has unique and substantial experience in handling litigation and investigations arising out of industrial accidents and catastrophic events, including matters involving the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (USCSB), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS), as well as insurance litigation involving both first-party property and third-party liability claims.
Gary represents clients from a variety of industries, including printing, crystal-growing, heavy machinery, electronics, automotive, information technology, media advertisement and food products, among others. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Gary is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. As a result, Gary handles a number of significant commercial and business litigation matters for clients that are based in, or have significant connections to, Eastern Europe, especially Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus.
In addition to his formidable ingenuity as a tenacious advocate and results-driven litigator, Gary drafts and negotiates commercial agreements such as sales representative, license, supplier, distributor and non-disclosure agreements. He often represents clients during the arbitration of disputes in the course of such agreements. Moreover, since 2012 Gary has presented annual litigation seminars in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan on various subjects related to U.S.-based litigation. He is a member of Russian-American Chamber of Commerce and Ukrainian American Bar Association. He also maintains relationships with Ukrainian diplomatic channels in the U.S., and was an invited guest to the Washington D.C. gala at the Ukrainian Embassy celebrating 20 years of Ukraine's independence.