EAMON JOYCE has handled over two dozen cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing many, has handled appeals in nearly every other circuit, and has filed more than 50 merits and certiorari-stage briefs in the United States Supreme Court. Eamon’s clients have prevailed in cases he argued before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, and in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division. Eamon’s appeals have addressed a wide range of issues, including federal preemption, federal jurisdiction, class action procedure, the Federal Arbitration Act, securities, shareholder rights, administrative law, punitive damages, multiple provisions of the Bill of Rights and statutory interpretation.
In the federal district courts, he has argued dispositive motions and against class certification motions. He frequently defends companies in class action litigation.
He first joined Sidley in Washington, D.C. and is now a New York-based partner in the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Representative matters include:
- National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. v. N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation (2d Cir. 2019), argued appeal in which the Second Circuit vacated an agency decision denying our client a permit under the Clean Water Act. The victory saw Eamon and his team score Law360’s top legal lions title.
- Deason v. Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep’t 2018), argued appeal in which the Appellate Division reversed trial court’s injunction prohibiting our client from consummating a multi-billion dollar transaction and reversed the denial of our client’s motion to dismiss.
- Whalen v. Michaels Stores, Inc. (2d Cir. 2017), argued appeal in which the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative consumer class action against our client for lack of Article III standing.
- 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 ten top cases of the 2011 term by the National Law Journal.
- 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’s advocacy on behalf of clients in appellate and class action litigation has earned him acknowledgment in industry publications, including being named one of Law360’s Rising Stars for 2015 for his appellate practice. Legal Media Group, Euromoney named Eamon a “Rising Star” in Litigation for 2015 and 2016. Eamon has also been named to the New York Metro Rising Stars list each year from 2011–2017 in the Appellate category as published in New York Super Lawyers magazine. In recognition of his class action defense work, Eamon was recommended in The Legal 500 US 2017 in the area of Product Liability, Mass Torts and Class Actions: Consumer Products. Benchmark Litigation named Eamon a “Rising Star” in the area of Dispute Resolution for 2020.
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.