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Gregory R. Youman

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Mr. Youman has nearly two decades of experience in a variety of complex commercial litigation, including business disputes, product liability, toxic tort, professional liability and real estate matters. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Youman has worked closely with in-house legal teams to evaluate and implement case strategy, as well as to address day-to-day procedural matters, which has given him a well-rounded, strategic, and practical perspective on overall case development and management throughout all phases of litigation.

Mr. Youman is an experienced member of the national trial team defending an equipment manufacturer against asbestos exposure claims around the country, and has served as trial counsel in actions in Massachusetts, New York and California. Mr. Youman also serves as the National Coordinating Counsel for a Massachusetts-based equipment manufacturer, defending it against asbestos exposure claims throughout the country. In addition to his role as national defense counsel, Mr. Youman serves as lead local counsel in Massachusetts defending against asbestos exposure claims on behalf of clients engaged in a variety of industries, including manufacturers of electrical equipment, fluid control devices and residential and commercial construction products. As part of his role as defense counsel in product liability and toxic tort litigation matters, Mr. Youman has become a trusted advisor to clients’ corporate witnesses, and he also frequently works with expert witnesses regarding industrial hygiene, Navy procurement, and medical diagnosis and treatment, establishing strong working relationships that benefit the client’s overall defense strategy.

Mr. Youman also has an extensive background in general commercial and real estate litigation, having successfully represented national and local banks in connection with contract and lender liability claims, as well as real estate developers in construction, zoning, leasing and partnership disputes. Among other successes, Mr. Youman won summary judgment on behalf of a Nantucket-based real estate developer, over the objections of abutters, facilitating the construction of a residential cluster subdivision on a parcel of formerly commercial property, and obtained a preliminary injunction in favor of the founding member of a religious institution preventing the institution from altering the name of the main sanctuary.

Mr. Youman has wide-ranging experience in alternative dispute resolution, including having won arbitrations (including attorneys’ fees) before the American Arbitration Association on behalf of a national paint manufacturer, and on behalf of a condominium developer before a JAMS arbitrator.

Mr. Youman also serves as Pro Bono counsel for Angel Flight Northeast, a non-profit organization of volunteer pilots that provides patients with free air transportation for medical care.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, LLP, Mr. Youman served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court from September 2000 to August 2001.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers: Hearing Committee Member (3 year appointment in February 2012)
  • Primary outside pro bono counsel for Angel Flight Northeast

Speaking Engagements

  • “Participation Loans and Co-Lending Agreements,” prepared for Massachusetts Bankers Association, December 19, 2002 (with Stanley V. Ragalevsky and Sean P. Mahoney)
  • Served as counsel to West Virginia University in litigation involving its decision to withdraw from the Big East Conference. The action resolved successfully following mediation and the University was able to join the Big 12 Conference for the 2012-2013 football season. The Big East Conference v. West Virginia University, Providence Superior Court, Rhode Island, CA PB-11-6391.
  • Obtained judgment on behalf of an electrical equipment manufacturer against claims for contribution and indemnity in a multi-party construction litigation on grounds that all claims against the client were barred by the Massachusetts Statute of Repose. City of Lawrence v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. of America, et al., Essex Superior Court, CA 12-2044.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a Nantucket-based real estate developer, over the objections of abutters, facilitating the construction of a residential cluster subdivision on a parcel of formerly commercial property. Copeland v. Town of Nantucket, et al., Nantucket Superior Court, CA 07-0012, affirmed on appeal, 74 Mass. App. Ct. 1123 (2009).
  • Won summary judgment for Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (“RIRRC”), the quasi-public agency responsible for solid waste disposal for the State of Rhode Island, in connection with a professional malpractice claim against RIRRC’s former investment adviser. The win in court resulted in a favorable settlement for the client. RIRRC v. Van Liew Trust Co., et al., Providence Superior Court, Rhode Island, CA PB-10-4503.
  • Won summary judgment in favor of an equipment manufacturer on grounds that an equipment manufacturer is not liable for after-installed components (gaskets, packing, insulation) that it did not manufacture or sell. Whiting v. Alfa Laval, Inc., et al., Middlesex Superior Court, Massachusetts, CA 08-1825, affirmed on appeal, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 1113 (2013).
  • Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction in favor of the founding member of a religious institution, preventing the defendant institution from changing the name of the main sanctuary. Shamsi v. Sephardic Community of Greater Boston, Inc., et al., Suffolk Superior Court, Massachusetts, CA 06-3200.
  • Secured a favorable judgment and attorneys' fees in AAA arbitration on behalf of a national paint manufacturer in an action involving breach of its dealer agreement. Southern Diversified Products, LLC v. DDK Industries d/b/a Opera Paints, AAA Arbitration, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Case No. 69 155 E 00152 09.
  • Successfully advocated on behalf of a suspended attorney before a hearing committee of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, obtaining reinstatement of the attorney’s law license following a two-day trial.
  • Serves as Pro Bono counsel for Angel Flight Northeast, a non-profit organization of volunteer pilots that provides patients with free air transportation for medical care.