John Gueli

John Gueli, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, has over two decades of experience in corporate and commercial litigation and has represented and advised clients on a wide variety of matters. His practice has a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation, accountants' liability, and intellectual property. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Mr. Gueli was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Richard J. Cardamone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Gueli worked in the firm’s Los Angeles office from 1993 through 1998 and was elected partner in 2001.

Selected Experience

  • Merrill Lynch in litigation with Allegheny Energy arising from Allegheny’s purchase of Merrill Lynch’s energy trading business
  • Consolidated Edison, Inc. in litigation with Northeast Utilities arising from the termination of the parties’ multi-billion dollar merger agreement
  • Boston Scientific in shareholder derivative and federal securities class action litigation relating to certain of the company’s medical devices
  • Guidant Corporation in litigation relating to its terminated merger agreement with Johnson & Johnson
  • Merrill Lynch in arbitration to specifically enforce an alleged agreement to sell an exchange seat
  • Underwriters in state and federal securities class actions arising from the initial public offering of Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc.


  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1991, magna cum laude
  • State University of New York at Oswego, B.A., 1986, magna cum laude



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