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Wynter Lavier Deagle

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Education

  • Northeastern University (JD)
  • Roger Williams University (BA, Political Science, French)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Wynter is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice encompasses a wide range of litigation matters including business disputes, commercial litigation, corporate governance, fiduciary duties, class actions and First Amendment claims.  Wynter has helped numerous companies, particularly in the technology, life sciences, financial and professional services sectors, craft business solutions to a variety of complex legal problems including business fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of fiduciary duty, and contract disputes.  Wynter has an aggressive but practical approach to business disputes and her clients rely on her to create and implement a successful strategy when initiating, defending, or avoiding litigation.

Wynter counsels directors and officers of both public and private companies on corporate governance issues and fiduciary duties.  Wynter’s client representation reflects the breadth of her practice.  Her clients include directors and officers of manufacturing companies, medical device companies, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, regulated broker-dealers, investment banking and asset management firms, non-profit and for-profit hospitals, and private foundations.

A member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Wynter also counsels clients in proactively identifying, assessing, and managing risks associated with their privacy, data security, and information management practices.  In addition to cybersecurity counseling, Wynter’s practice focuses on assisting clients in the areas of data breach compliance, incident management and response, and privacy related litigation.  Wynter has also assisted clients in responding to regulatory inquiries regarding their data security practices.

Wynter has extensive experience representing corporate and individual clients in cases involving allegations of false claims, mail fraud, false statements, public corruption, and campaign finance violations.  Wynter has represented clients at all stages of government investigations.  Wynter has also conducted internal investigations, both at the client’s own initiative and following receipt of a subpoena or other notice of a government investigation, in the areas of embezzlement, fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, consumer protection claims, and California’s unfair competition law, among others.

Representative Matters

  • Helped lead the team that achieved a complete victory for Shari Redstone in highly contentious litigations in Delaware and Massachusetts concerning the corporate governance of Viacom, Inc., including the proper composition of the Viacom Board.  Played a key role in negotiating a global settlement that dismissed the lawsuits against Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone and affirmed the reconstitution of the Viacom board.  The settlement has been hailed in the press as a complete victory for Shari Redstone and her father. [The Los Angeles Times:  “Viacom Power Struggle Ends With Shari Redstone Ushering in New Era for the Media Company”; The Los Angeles Times:  “Viacom Struggle Ends: Shari Redstone at Helm: Daughter of Media Mogul ‘Pulled Off the Palace Coup’”; The Wall Street Journal: “Viacom and the Redstones Call it a Day”; The New York Times: “Fight for Viacom Is Said to End with the Redstones in Control”].
  • Represented board of directors of broker-dealer in internal investigation which resulted in discovery of multi-million dollar fraud by senior executives. Secured seven figure restitution award from perpetrators while ensuring that client incurred no penalties or sanctions from regulatory authorities. 
  • Represented used-vehicle auction company in connection with data breach involving theft of customer contact and social security information.  Successfully resolved investigations by multiple state attorney generals with no action taken against client.
  • Defended Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against defamation claims brought by former manager/trainer concerning statements made in media interviews following defeat in MMA match.
  • Secured summary judgment for Boston Herald, Inc. on defamation claims involving the publication of opinions concerning the reasons for former Boston lead-singer Brad Delp’s suicide.
  • Secured substantial damages award, return of pilfered confidential information and trade secrets, and enforcement of restrictive covenants against former employee on behalf of multi-national technology corporation.
  • Appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General to represent an instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in civil litigation regarding bond issuance and bid-rigging. Secured dismissal of all claims against client.

Recognitions & Awards

  • San Diego Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Business Litigation (2017)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Business Litigation (2012-2015) 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, International Technology Law Association
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association