J'Naia L. Boyd


New York
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J'Naia Boyd has a broad background in litigation, having represented clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies on matters that include trademark and copyright infringement, contract disputes, business torts, fraud and insurance.

J'Naia is currently a member of the BakerHostetler team serving as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), an unprecedented recovery effort involving hundreds of actions.  

Select Experience

  • Represented Fortune 500 companies, global brands, small businesses and individuals in matters involving trademark and copyright infringement, complex contract disputes, bankruptcy, business torts, fraud, insurance and enforcement of restrictive covenants, non-disclosure agreements and arbitration agreements.
  • Successfully prosecuted and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and the New York appellate courts involving diverse areas of the law, including commercial litigation, trademark infringement, attorney malpractice, labor and employment law and premises liability.
  • Prosecuted trademark and copyright applications and defended clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section: 2022 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award 
  • National Black Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 Attorney
  • Long Island Business News: Leadership in Law Award (2021)
  • Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center: 2020 Public Interest/Pro Bono Attorney of the Year 


  • National Bar Association
    • Women Lawyers Division: Executive Board Member
    • Young Lawyers Division: Ambassador
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Appointed to Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction


  • The Appellate Project: Attorney Mentor

Pro Bono

  • Landlord-tenant disputes

Prior Positions

  • New York State Court of Appeals, Central Legal Research: Clerk 
  • Maryland Intellectual Property Resource Center: Student Attorney
  • U.S. Copyright Office, Office of Policy and International Affairs: Law Clerk 
  • Black Entertainment Television Networks: Business and Legal Affairs Intern


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • New York


  • J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2016, cum laude
  • B.B.A., Howard University, 2010, magna cum laude


In The Blogs

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Blockchain Monitor
The U.S. Department of the Treasury Provides a Glimpse into the Future of Money and Payments
By J'Naia L. Boyd, Kevin R. Edgar, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
October 12, 2022
The Report responds to Section 4(b) of the EO and evaluates the U.S. system of money and payments, developments in stablecoins and instant payment systems, and a potential CBDC, using the following policy objectives as a guide: (1) provide...