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Nathaniel F. Rubin

Nathaniel Rubin is an associate who advocates for individuals and companies in complex disputes. He has represented clients in commercial, criminal, bankruptcy, and intellectual property matters, both in trial courts and on appeal.

Mr. Rubin is a skilled and devoted practitioner, and is experienced in advancing clients’ interests throughout a case: from negotiations to resolve a dispute out of court, through motion practice and trial, and to proceedings on and after appeal. Mr. Rubin’s cases involved extensive dispositive and procedural motion practice, dozens of depositions, and numerous interlocutory and post-judgment appeals. In these representations, Mr. Rubin has argued on behalf of clients in federal court, prepared and deposed witnesses, and drafted a wide range of motions.

Mr. Rubin has briefed multiple appeals before the Third and Federal Circuits. He also drafted a successful brief on behalf of a pro bono client in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court.

Before joining MoloLamken, Mr. Rubin clerked for Jeffrey A. Meyer of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and for Michael A. Chagares of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Clerking during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic gave Mr. Rubin valuable insight into how courts decide novel and urgent issues of law, which he relies on regularly in his practice. Mr. Rubin previously was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Representative Matters

  • A group of talc plaintiffs in appeals at the Third Circuit from bankruptcy proceedings arising from Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder
  • A mobile game publisher in commercial dispute with a major social media company
  • An investment fund in contract dispute over an unsuccessful transaction
  • An aerospace design and production company in a trade secret dispute over passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversions
  • A real estate investment trust in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding over the characterization of a lease for a national telecommunications network
  • A financial services company in Delaware Chancery Court litigation arising from its purchase of a leading electronic brokerage service

  • An executive in a defamation dispute

  • An ad hoc group of lenders in the bankruptcy of a U.S. natural gas producer

  • A pro bono defendant in an appeal to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division raising issues of juror misconduct


  • The Electors Clause and the Governor’s Veto, 106 Cornell L. Rev. Online 57 (2021)

  • Missing the (Certification) Mark: How the Lanham Act Unnecessarily Restricts State and Local Governments as Certifiers, 71 Stan. L. Rev. 1023 (2019)

  • Mainstream Jurisprudence and Some First Amendment Problems: Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on Free Expression, 69 Stan. L. Rev. Online 109 (2017) (with Brian C. Baran)


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Chagares, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey A. Meyer, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut


Stanford Law School, J.D.

Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review

Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, Semifinalist

Gerald Gunther Prize

John Hart Ely Prize

Judge Thelton E. Henderson Prize

Juelsgaard Intellectual Property & Innovation Clinic

Yale University, B.A., cum laude

Thacher Memorial Prize for Debate

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the Northern District of California
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