Tristan Snell Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Tristan Snell

Tristan Snell

Founder *and* lawyer with founder-friendly rates

New York
New York
Licensed in
NY
University of Virginia School of Law
5.0 5
Clear Communication
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About
I am an entrepreneur and attorney, empowering creators and innovators. In my 15 years of legal practice, I've been fortunate to work on some of the best teams in the field:
- Trump University -- led investigation at NY AG's office
- Foreclosure fraud -- also at NY AG, crafted settlement with Wells Fargo, Chase, and Bank of America, for fraud arising from the 2007-08 mortgage crisis
- Broadcom v. Qualcomm -- also at Wilmer, we won the largest patent litigation in US history at that time
- I've helped dozens of startups, founders, and small businesses with everything from corporate formation to major disputes to trademark, copyright, and
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16
Years
experience
Top 200 Firm Badge

Practice Areas

Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"I first worked with Tristan when he helped me with a possible dispute issue; he spoke with me, reviewed the documents, and wrote a letter that immediately made the dispute disappear, saving me thousands of dollars. I then hired him for one of my businesses to help with agreements around intellectual property and employment. The work was well done and on a very favorable budget. We'll continue to rely on him going forward."

IP / Employment / Contract drafting
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Tristan was instrumental in untangling a complex legal dispute for us, resolving the dispute and allowing the company to move forward again. He then proved to be invaluable extension of the management team, advising on capital raise note structuring, contract negotiation and private label licensing, plus helping establish relationships with foreign partners and resellers."

Virtual GC / dispute and fundraising
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

Tribeca Legal Group

Managing Partner

Aug 2014 - Present

Represent clients in boutique practice covering corporate, transactional, fundraising, litigation, trademark, copyright, and patent matters, particularly in technology, finance, media, entertainment, and fashion.

Aug 2014 - Present

Snakt, Inc.

CEO and General Counsel

Jun 2014 - Present

Created technology and media startup from the ground up, leading legal work, product development, business development, strategic vision, and fundraising. Built roster of 50 top social media stars with over 155 million followers, plus portfolio of 4 U.S. patents, and raised over $3M in angel financing. Profiled in Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Atlantic, The Verge, and Polygon.

Jun 2014 - Present

New York State Office of the Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General

Oct 2011 - Jun 2014

Led major prosecutions of business fraud and false advertising, including investigation, litigation, and settlements (including Trump University prosecution, foreclosure fraud case against Chase et al.), as well as initiating and completing groundbreaking ecommerce initiatives (with Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, et al.).

Oct 2011 - Jun 2014

United States Courts, Eastern District of New York

Law Clerk to the Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Clerked for federal district court judge. Drafted and edited opinions, jury instructions; prepared memoranda for trials, oral arguments, suppression hearings, expert testimony, bench rulings; advised and participated in conferences and settlement negotiations.

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

WilmerHale

Senior Associate

May 2007 - Jan 2010

Specialized in patent, internet, and appellate litigation, plus startups. Led trial teams, led offensive discovery, handled all aspects of motion and briefing practice, took and defended depositions, handled expert witnesses. Worked on blockbuster Broadcom/Qualcomm patent litigation, landmark Boumediene habeas case, appellate victories before 5th and 7th Circuits.

May 2007 - Jan 2010

Nutter McClennen

Associate

Oct 2003 - Mar 2007

Litigation associate covering cases involving medical devices, business insurance coverage, real estate and land use, and government regulation.

Oct 2003 - Mar 2007

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