Yvette Harmon

Retired Partner

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  • Cornell University Law School, JD
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, BA
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Executive Committee, Cornell Law School Advisory Council; Co-chair, Cornell Law School Annual Fund, 2005, 2004; Co-chair, Cornell Law School, Dean's Special Leadership Committee, 2003, 2002; Member, Cornell University Council, 2012

Mercer School of Law Advisory Council, 2011-2012

Visiting Committee, Advisory Council, Case Western Reserve Law School, 2006-2007

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Member, New York State Bar Association

Yvette is an experienced litigator at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts nationwide as well as arbitration proceedings.

Yvette is known for her success in utilizing litigation to achieve clients' business goals. She is sought out by clients to handle complex litigation combining legal skills with business acumen and highly effective implementation of litigation strategy. Her practice currently focuses on energy matters ranging from oil and gas royalty issues to corporate transactions and various class actions in federal and state courts.

Yvette has the ability to identify core issues and achieve expeditious resolution.

Her practice is supported by a firmwide team providing supplemental and complementary experience as an effective integrated team to efficiently achieve results in complex matters.

Yvette is a lecturer at New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Association of Corporate Counsel and Cornell Law School, as well as various in-house law departments.  Yvette was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School from 2002-2004.

Yvette is a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Partners.

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Yvette Harmon
T: +1 212 548 7014F: +1 212 715 23091251 Avenue of the Americas
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New York, NY 10020-1104

Representation of energy companies in litigation relating to disputes as to oil and gas royalty class actions, consumer propane gas class action, mineral rights litigation on a variety of litigation strategy and cutting edge issues, landfill gas purification plant operation, power plant development, power plant operating agreements, disputes with co-owners, fuel and coal purchase agreements, legal problems concerning RFPs for sale of power plants and purchase of power, and buyouts of power sales agreements. Extensive familiarity with financial analysis in connection with damage calculations. Experience includes both litigation and arbitration. Development of litigation, mineral rights litigation strategies to implement major business goals.  

Lead national and trial counsel for Fortune 500 company directing nationwide mass tort asbestos and silica litigation. Related litigation/arbitration concerning indemnification issues. Development and implementation of cutting edge strategies as to mass tort liability.

Counsel for complex contract litigation relating to indemnification and risk assumption issues under corporate acquisition agreement, financial service agreements, the development of computer systems, pharmaceutical and high technology products, and long-term service and supply agreements.

Counsel on disputes concerning joint development/partnership agreements relating to pharmaceutical, telecommunication and computer transactions and real estate owners; disputes concerning the obligations between partners, including accountings and restructurings.

Selected for inclusion in "Client Service All Stars," Class Actions, BTI Consulting Group, 2012, 2013

Named to “New York Super Lawyers,” Energy & Natural Resources, Civil Litigation Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2012, 2014, 2015

Named to "Top Women Lawyers," Manhattan, 2011-2012

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell