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Gregory R. Youman

Fax +1.617.261.3175

Mr. Youman's practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, including business disputes, product liability, toxic tort, securities, professional liability and real estate matters.  Mr. Youman is a member of the national trial team defending an equipment manufacturer against asbestos exposure claims in various jurisdictions, and serves as a regional coordinating counsel for the client, overseeing defense strategies for an extensive toxic-tort docket through all phases of litigation in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  In addition, Mr. Youman serves as lead local counsel in Massachusetts defending against asbestos exposure claims for clients engaged in a variety of industries, including manufacturers of electrical equipment, fluid control devices and residential and commercial construction products.

In addition, Mr. Youman has experience representing clients in real estate litigation, and has successfully represented real estate developers in construction, zoning and partnership disputes.  Mr. Youman also represents clients in enforcement investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities regulators, and in FINRA arbitrations.

Mr. Youman has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, and recently won an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association on behalf of a national paint manufacturer and distributor.

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 summary judgment in favor of equipment manufacturer on grounds that equipment manufacturer is not liable for after-installed components (gaskets, packing, insulation) that it did not manufacture or sell. Willis Whiting v. Alfa Laval, Inc., et al., Middlesex Superior Court, Massachusetts, CA 08-1825.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction in favor of founding member of religious institution preventing 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.
  • Obtained judgment and attorneys' fees in AAA arbitration for national paint manufacturer in 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.