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Dallin R. Wilson

Associate

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4976
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Mr. Wilson is a commercial litigation associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office.  His practice focuses primarily on trade secret and non-compete litigation, securities and financial litigation, franchise and distribution litigation, and real estate litigation.

Mr. Wilson’s trade secret practice includes representing some of the world’s largest insurance, staffing, technology, and manufacturing companies nationwide.  He regularly counsels clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenant agreements and, when necessary, prosecutes claims in state and federal courts against former employees accused of misappropriating trade secrets and violating contractual obligations.

Mr. Wilson also has an active securities and financial litigation practice.  He represents national banks, broker-dealers, and credit unions in litigation against consumers in state and federal court, as well as in FINRA arbitrations.  Mr. Wilson recently second-chaired a 39-day FINRA arbitration in San Diego, where he helped achieve a complete defense verdict for a broker-dealer against claims brought by a former customer seeking over $68 million in investment losses.  Mr. Wilson also represents financial services companies in investigations by state and federal regulators.

Mr. Wilson also has experience representing franchisors, manufacturers, and distributors in litigation concerning franchising systems and distribution networks.  He has represented various automotive manufacturers in disputes with dealers in cases involving dealership terminations, relocations, add points, and rights of first refusal.

Mr. Wilson spends substantial time on pro bono matters.  He is pro bono counsel to Massachusetts’ largest dog rescue and adoption agency and has also assisted a local interfaith charity achieve its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.  Mr. Wilson has also been a volunteer attorney for the past few years with Discovering Justice, where he has taught Boston-area students about how constitutional protections apply in public schools.  At the end of each 11-week program, the students argue their cases in the federal court in Boston before actual judges and experienced attorneys.

During law school, Mr. Wilson was a judicial intern for Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler and provided pro bono legal services to indigent clients through Northeastern University’s Poverty Law Clinic.  As an undergraduate, Mr. Wilson was captain of the basketball team and was a two-time first-team all-conference selection.

Mr. Wilson is a commercial litigation associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office.  His practice focuses primarily on trade secret and non-compete litigation, securities and financial litigation, franchise and distribution litigation, and real estate litigation.

Mr. Wilson’s trade secret practice includes representing some of the world’s largest insurance, staffing, technology, and manufacturing companies nationwide.  He regularly counsels clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenant agreements and, when necessary, prosecutes claims in state and federal courts against former employees accused of misappropriating trade secrets and violating contractual obligations.

Mr. Wilson also has an active securities and financial litigation practice.  He represents national banks, broker-dealers, and credit unions in litigation against consumers in state and federal court, as well as in FINRA arbitrations.  Mr. Wilson recently second-chaired a 39-day FINRA arbitration in San Diego, where he helped achieve a complete defense verdict for a broker-dealer against claims brought by a former customer seeking over $68 million in investment losses.  Mr. Wilson also represents financial services companies in investigations by state and federal regulators.

Mr. Wilson also has experience representing franchisors, manufacturers, and distributors in litigation concerning franchising systems and distribution networks.  He has represented various automotive manufacturers in disputes with dealers in cases involving dealership terminations, relocations, add points, and rights of first refusal.

Mr. Wilson spends substantial time on pro bono matters.  He is pro bono counsel to Massachusetts’ largest dog rescue and adoption agency and has also assisted a local interfaith charity achieve its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.  Mr. Wilson has also been a volunteer attorney for the past few years with Discovering Justice, where he has taught Boston-area students about how constitutional protections apply in public schools.  At the end of each 11-week program, the students argue their cases in the federal court in Boston before actual judges and experienced attorneys.

During law school, Mr. Wilson was a judicial intern for Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler and provided pro bono legal services to indigent clients through Northeastern University’s Poverty Law Clinic.  As an undergraduate, Mr. Wilson was captain of the basketball team and was a two-time first-team all-conference selection.

Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (2009)
  • B.A., Occidental College (2005)

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Representative Engagements

Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, and Non-Competes

  • Prosecuting claims in federal court in New Jersey on behalf of largest African American-owned IT staffing solutions firm in the U.S. against former business development manager in California for breach of restrictive covenants agreement; obtained favorable result on choice of law issue and currently pursuing injunctive relief.
  • Prosecuting claims in federal court in Kentucky on behalf of the largest publicly-held insurance company in the United States against a former independent sales agent and her new agency for trade secret misappropriation and breach of restrictive covenant agreements.
  • Represented biopharmaceutical company in conjunction with the departure of one of its founders and senior executives to join a competitor as its chief scientific officer, and his misappropriation of trade secrets.  Obtained favorable pre-litigation settlement.
  • Prosecuted claims in Massachusetts on behalf of international application and network performance management company against former senior-level sales engineer for breach of restrictive covenants arising out of abrupt departure and employment with competitor.  Obtained broad preliminary injunctive relief requiring employee to stay out of his former territory and away from certain identified customers, among other things.
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of the largest industrial plumbing supplier in North America in multiple jurisdictions against competitor and eight former senior-level employees for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties and restrictive covenant agreements, unfair competition, and conspiracy, among others, arising out of competitor’s raiding of entire Ohio Valley industrial group and attempted poaching of major customers.  Reached settlement on the eve of trial requiring multi-million dollar payment and extensive restrictions on hiring and solicitation of employees and customers, among other things.
  • Prosecuted claims in Massachusetts on behalf of world’s second largest staffing firm against multiple former employees and a competitor for trade secret misappropriation, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, and unfair competition.  Obtained highly favorable settlement.

Securities & Financial Litigation

  • Successfully secured a complete defense verdict for a full-service investment bank and self-clearing broker dealer in a 39-day FINRA arbitration involving claims brought by the family of a sitting U.S. congressman, seeking over $68 million in investment losses.
  • Representing full-service investment bank and self-clearing broker in arbitrations throughout the country against claims from customers alleging that the broker, as the custodial and clearing broker for an independent investment advisor failed to prevent significant losses in the customers’ investment accounts.
  • Represent large national bank in litigation involving consumer lending and claims brought under various federal statutes, including TILA, RESPA, and FDCPA.
  • Represented several credit unions in Massachusetts putative class actions involving claims related to unlawful repossession of automobiles.
  • Represented federal credit union federal putative class action involving claims that the credit union had unlawfully swept the bank accounts of its customers to pay their defaulted credit card debts without proper notice.

Franchise & Distribution Litigation

  • Representing manufacturer of commercial trucks in litigation brought by one of its dealers seeking to enjoin the termination of the dealership.
  • Representing Australian distributor in litigation in federal court against Massachusetts-based manufacturer of medical devices, alleging bad-faith termination of distribution agreement.
  • Represented large international convenience store franchisor in litigation against franchisees in cases involving termination of franchise agreements, landlord-tenant disputes, and environmental litigation.
  • Represent automobile manufacturers in disputes with dealers in cases involving dealer terminations, relocations, add points, and rights of first refusal.
  • Represented captive finance company of major automobile manufacturer in dispute with dealer in case involving dealer returning grounded lease vehicles without disclosing significant water damage as a result of flooding at dealership.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Defended owner of premier office building in Boston in dispute with tenant regarding alleged damage to tenant’s property resulting from roof leak.  Obtained very favorable settlement.
  • Represent world’s largest convenience store chain in real estate litigation nationally, including landlord/tenant disputes and disputes with abutters, contractors, and governmental entities. 
  • Defending managed services provider in commercial lease dispute involving early termination of lease of space in Boston data center.
  • Representing regional bank in quiet title action brought by municipality alleging that bank had previously donated a portion of property to municipality.