Zia Oatley practices in the area of civil litigation. She joined the firm in 2012 from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, DC office. Before practicing at Gibson Dunn, Zia clerked for the Honorable Gregory W. Carman on the United States Court of International Trade in New York City.
Zia graduated from Duke Law School, where she was an Executive Editor for the Duke Law & Technology Review, participated in moot court, and ran the law school’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She received recognition from the NC Bar Association for her pro bono work while at Duke. Zia also obtained a Masters in Public Policy from the Sanford Institute at Duke University, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Zia has specific experience:
Representing companies in defense of class action, multi-district litigation.
Representing industrial companies in connection with mass tort, and criminal and civil environmental enforcement actions.
Representing insurers and insureds in insurance coverage disputes.
Representing doctors in defending medical malpractice claims.
Representing individuals regarding employment agreements both in and outside litigation.
Handling appeals in North Carolina and federal courts.
North Carolina, 2012
District of Columbia, 2009
United States District Courts
Western District of North Carolina
Middle District of North Carolina
Eastern District of North Carolina
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of International Trade
Prior legal experience
Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, 2008-2012
Clerkship, United States Court of International Trade, Hon. Gregory W. Carman, 2006-2008
Professional Associations and Memberships
Defense Research Institute
Young Lawyer Liaison to the DRI Insurance Law Committee, 2012-2013
China’s WAPI Policy: Security Measure of Trade Protectionism?, 2005 Duke Law & Technology Review 18 (2005).
Co-Authored with J. Christopher Wood, 28 U.S.C. SS 1581(c): Judicial Review of Antidumping Duty Determinations Issued by the Department of Commerce, 41 Georgetown Journal of International Law 117 (2009).
Co-Authored with Peter E. Seley, Insurance and Equity in CERCLA: The Missed Opportunity of Friedland v. TIC, Bloomberg Law Reports (2009).
Co-Authored with Michael K. Murphy, Thinking Strategically About Petroleum Contamination, Law 360 (2011).