A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Sanford (“Sandy”) Weisburst specializes in energy-sector disputes and in appeals involving various subject matters. Sandy’s recent energy representations include, on behalf of Entergy Corporation or affiliates, opposing an emergency petition for a writ of mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit seeking shutdown of the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant, and challenging an order of the New York Public Service Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York as preempted by the Federal Power Act.
Sandy has a highly impressive won-loss record in his recently argued appeals: From May 2014 through April 2015, Sandy argued six appeals in federal appellate courts, winning five (three reversals, two affirmances) and losing only one. Several of these victories were featured in the legal or general press. For example, Sandy’s April 2015 victory on behalf of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) in the Second Circuit, which reinstated FGIC’s complaint arising from its provision of insurance regarding a $1.5 billion collateralized debt obligation vehicle, was the headline story in AmLaw’s Litigation Daily.
Sandy has argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits, the New York Court of Appeals, the New York Appellate Division (First Department), and also has argued numerous motions in federal district courts. Sandy played a principal role in briefing two recent merits cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, Inc., leading to victory for Quinn Emanuel’s clients on both occasions. Sandy has also briefed dozens of additional cases in federal and state courts. These cases have involved various areas of substantive law, including administrative law, admiralty, bankruptcy, commercial torts, energy law, patent law, and trademark law.
Sandy graduated first in his class, with highest honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 1998. Sandy served as the Topics and Comments Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. Upon graduation, Sandy was awarded prizes for the best student in law and economics and the best paper by a graduating student, and was also admitted to the Order of the Coif. Sandy earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in economics, magna cum laude, and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. Following law school, Sandy served as a law clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1998-1999, and as a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1999-2000.