EAMON JOYCE has filed more than 40 merits and certiorari-stage briefs in the United States Supreme Court since joining the firm’s Appellate practice. Those cases have addressed a wide range of questions, including those involving federal preemption, federal jurisdiction, punitive damages, multiple provisions of the Bill of Rights, and statutory interpretation. Eamon also represents clients in the courts of appeals and the trial courts, defends companies in class action, products liability and consumer fraud litigation, and maintains an active pro bono practice. He first joined Sidley in Washington, D.C. and is now a partner in the firm’s New York office.
Representative matters have included:
- Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington (U.S. 2012), which held the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip-search of every individual admitted into the general jail population. Sidley’s client prevailed and Florence was named one of the 10 top cases of the 2011 term by the National Law Journal.
- Tang v. Synutra International, Inc. (4th Cir. 2011), a case of first impression regarding the adequacy of a particular alternative Chinese forum. Our client, the defendant-appellee, won affirmance of a forum non conveniens dismissal of plaintiffs’ product liability action alleging that they sustained Melamine-related injuries in China.
- Tellabs, Inc. v. Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd. (U.S. 2007), in which Sidley’s client prevailed and which addressed the extent to which a court must consider competing inferences in determining whether a complaint asserting a claim of securities fraud has alleged facts sufficient to establish a “strong inference” that the defendants acted with scienter, as required under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.
Eamon has significant experience in defending companies, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, in products liability and consumer fraud litigation and against putative class actions. In these capacities, he has briefed federal preemption, complex issues of federal jurisdiction and venue, and the exclusion of expert testimony and other inadmissible evidence. Such advocacy on behalf of clients has earned him acknowledgement in industry publications, including being named to the New York Metro Rising Stars list for 2011-2012 in the Appellate category as published in New York Super Lawyers magazine. The Rising Stars list recognizes the top up-and-coming lawyers in the state — those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
Eamon rejoined the firm in 2004 after having served as a law clerk for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a semi-finalist in the law school’s moot court competition and a member of the National Moot Court and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court teams. He was also an editor of Hybrid: Journal of Law and Social Change. He graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College.