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, successfully 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 seeking Vermont Public Service Board approval of a sale of the shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant from Entergy to a decommissioning specialist.
Sandy has argued and won appellate reversals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, including an April 2015 victory on behalf of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company in the Second Circuit, which was the headline story in AmLaw’s Litigation Daily. In state appellate courts, Sandy has argued and won several appeals in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, and has also argued one case in the New York Court of Appeals. Including both federal and state court appeals, Sandy has argued more than twenty appeals in his career. Sandy has also served as lead counsel in proceedings in federal district court and in the State of Vermont Public Service Board, successfully presenting several oral arguments on motion practice.
Sandy played a principal role in briefing two 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 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 Supreme Court of the United States from 1999-2000. 2000.