Areas of Concentration
- Advertising Enforcement, Investigations & Litigation
- Appellate Practice
- Business Tort Litigation
- Contract Litigation
- Directors & Officers Litigation
- Employment Litigation
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Media, Entertainment & Technology Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Securities & Capital Markets Litigation
- Shareholder Activist Litigation
- White Collar Defense & Investigations
- Nicole Barna
- Lori Barnea
- Mason Barney
- Kyle Bisceglie
- Martin Feinberg
- Richard Fischbein
- Jennifer Heil
- Aliza Herzberg
- Ellen Holloman
- Adam Katz
- Fredrick Levy
- Andrew Lustigman
- Sheldon Lustigman
- Lori Marks-Esterman
- Matteo Rosselli
- Peter Sartorius
- Scott Shaffer
- Howard Smith
- Alexander Sperber
- Jeffrey Udell
- Peter Weinstein
- Allen Wolff
- Renée Zaytsev
Favorable results at trial and through settlement
We represent publicly held companies, privately held entities and individuals in a wide range of business and civil litigation matters before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, self-regulatory organizations, and in arbitration.
Our New York litigation attorneys take a significant number of matters to trial each year. As such we are highly skilled and efficient in conducting the strategic and tactical preparations that can make or break a case.
Our litigation attorneys first perform extensive early case analysis to identify the case’s strengths and weaknesses and determine the most effective means of achieving a favorable resolution, including if litigation can or should be avoided or settlement is advisable. We understand our clients’ businesses, and know how to prioritize litigation within the overall scope of their business operations. We staff based on the needs of each individual case, and have the ability to draw from a deep pool of veteran litigators when stakes are high. We also leverage the latest litigation support technology to reduce client costs and improve efficiency.
Our leading litigation partners have over 60 winning verdicts tried to either jury or judge. The department as a whole has had similarly successful results in arbitration before FINRA, AAA, JAMS and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forums.
We believe our success rate at trial and in ADR is exceptional. The fact is the overwhelming majority of litigation is resolved either through motion practice and/or settlement. Our trial preparation and confidence helps us file sharper motions and obtain more favorable settlements on behalf of our clients.
Many of the cases our litigation attorneys handle are in the news. In fact, a significant portion of our litigation work is on behalf of publicly traded companies and funds with significant holdings in public companies. As a result, our litigation attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide range of business disputes. We are particularly skilled in corporate and securities matters, including those involving securities fraud allegations, broker-dealer disputes, contests for corporate control, and shareholder disputes. We also handle high stakes contract, D&O, employment, unfair competition, Lanham Act, intellectual property, bankruptcy and real estate litigation, as well as legal matters related to the art world. Several or our litigation attorneys are former prosecutors with substantial experience in white-collar criminal proceedings, so we litigate a number of those cases as well.
The Litigation Group is routinely called upon to advise public and private companies and boards of directors in a variety of areas ranging from control and corporate governance issues to shareholder matters. Our attorneys have conducted internal investigations of both public and private entities, including retentions by independent board members of publicly held companies.
Many of our litigation cases are referred from other firms, from Am Law 50 law firms to solo practices. A typical referral arises from a conflict, the need for co-counsel or when a dispute occurs within a partnership or joint venture. Often, the referring firm has litigated with or against us previously and respects the quality of our work on behalf of clients. We accept these limited engagements with a mutual respect and appreciation for the referring firms’ ongoing client relationships.
Represented IDX Capital LLC in a six-week jury trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan after which the jury awarded IDX, and two of ifs former principals, $8.25 million, including punitive damages, against two former business associates whose actions doomed a potential $25 million buyout of the firm by Knight Capital Group Inc.
Won a temporary restraining order in New York state court to block the imminent termination of a $50 million hotel franchise and prevent default on a $35 million mortgage.
Obtained summary judgment for a financial institution, dismissing multiple claims by a former employee alleging employment discrimination in violation of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.
Received summary judgment for our client, an investment vehicle that purchased securities in a bankruptcy sale of a broker-dealer, in a matter before the Southern District Bankruptcy Court that involved claims of securities fraud.
Represented a publicly-held company and its subsidiary involved in the internet auction business in a six-day jury trial in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court in which the client received a jury award on all of its claims, including breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition, against a former high-level officer and his newly-formed entity.
Represented an investment fund in a Section 16(b) "short-swing profit" dispute in which the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a District Court decision and awarded summary judgment to our client.
Obtained a reversal from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of a lower court decision overturning a $70 million judgment in our client's favor against the government of Russia. The appeal involved the interpretation and recognition of foreign arbitral awards.
Represented a hedge fund and its principals in an NASD enforcement action alleging fraud, in which, after a full hearing on the merits, the claims brought by the NASD were dismissed in their entirety.
Recovered in excess of $10,000,000 in NASD arbitrations for several foreign investors who purchased complex derivative securities from a major financial institution.
Represented numerous holders of trademarks and other intellectual property rights in various enforcement and anti-counterfeiting litigation.
Received a judgment, after trial, in favor of a national banking institution against a municipality related to a dispute under a municipal leasing agreement.
Represented a group of mutual funds in a Delaware appraisal rights proceeding in which a settlement was reached on the eve of trial under which our clients received a 50% premium to the original merger consideration.
Negotiated a mid-seven figure settlement on behalf of an Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding, which was paid by insiders of the bankrupt entity.
Obtained $44 million jury verdict in favor of our client Guidance Endodontics against Dentsply International and Tulsa Dental which was then the largest standing verdict in New Mexico state or federal court history. The case involved breach of an exclusive manufacturing and supply agreement, anti-competitive and unfair business practices under the New Mexico Unfair Trade Practices Act and Lanham Act violations. MORE>>
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- March 27, 2013
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Articles & Alerts
- November 2012
- March 2012
- Drafting General Releases After Centro: How to Preclude or Preserve Future Claims of Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary DutyAugust 9, 2011
- December 15, 2010
- February 2010
- January 21, 2010
- Delaware Supreme Court Determines Stockholder-Proposed Bylaw Relating to Proxy Expense Reimbursement to be InvalidJuly 30, 2008
- January 2006