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Renée M. Zaytsev

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  • Renée was named for inclusion to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service for lawyers under 40, since 2015.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2007

  • Member, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal

B.A., Stanford University, 2003

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
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As a litigation attorney with Olshan, Renée M. Zaytsev engages in sophisticated commercial and securities litigation.

Renée also frequently handles litigation for the firm's Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Group. She speaks Russian, Spanish and French.

Renée is a 2007 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

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Secretary, New York City Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility

  • Represent one of Olshan’s activist clients and a hedge fund that he co-manages in claims pending in the Delaware Chancery Court.  The action involves the merger of PLX Technologies, Inc. with Avago Technologies Wireless, Inc.  The plaintiffs in the action allege that the directors of PLX, including the client, breached their fiduciary duties in approving the transaction, and further allege that the hedge fund, which was the largest shareholder of PLX, aided and abetted breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Defend private investment fund and its investment adviser in multi-million dollar dispute pending in the Eastern District of New York relating to a claim by a shareholder that the defendants violated Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • Represent large privately-held fragrance licensing company in a dispute pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The dispute pertains to the status of the client’s license for a well-known fragrance brand.
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of a long-standing real estate client who was defrauded out of his one-third ownership interest in a hotel enterprise.  The case involved claims of breach of the parties’ operating agreement, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as claims for aiding and abetting fraud and attorney deceit in violation of Judiciary Law § 487 against the attorneys who facilitated the fraudulent transaction.  Negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Achieved a reversal in the First Department of the denial of a motion to dismiss a claim by the client’s former partners to force the client to sell his one-third interest in an LLC that owned a successful broker-dealer.  After the First Department dismissed this claim, continued to defend the client against the remaining claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.  Brought a related action in the Delaware Chancery Court and successfully obtained advancement to cover 100% of the fees incurred in the New York action, leading to the plaintiffs’ dismissal with prejudice of their own claims. 
  • Represented hedge fund in prosecuting claims relating to the failure to deliver shares pursuant to a warrant.  Obtained a TRO that led to a favorable settlement.
  • Won a decisive defense award for a bulge-bracket investment bank after a three-day FINRA arbitration where 11 witnesses testified to a three-member panel involving a disputed bond trade.
  • Represented a privately-owned endodontic supply company in a three-week federal jury trial, leading to a $44 million jury verdict in the client’s favor.  Successfully prosecuted the client’s claims for breach of contract and unfair competition, and successfully defended counterclaims brought against the client under the Lanham Act.
Pro Bono Work
  • Represented pro bono client in a Constitutional rights appeal.  Achieved a victory in the First Department, which reversed the client’s criminal conviction for possessing a firearm for which he was serving a 20 year-to-life sentence.  On appeal, argued that the trial court had deprived the client of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel by discharging his appointed counsel, whom client wanted to remain, over an alleged conflict of interest.  Four of five appellate judges agreed that there was no conflict and voted to vacate the conviction and remand for a new trial.  Subsequently argued a further appeal by the People in the Court of Appeals.  The appeal was handled in conjunction with the Office of the Appellate Defender.
  • Represent The Beagle Freedom Project, an animal rights organization, in an Article 78 proceeding against The State University of New York at Stony Brook.  The proceeding seeks to compel the University to provide information pursuant to New York’s Freedom of Information Law relating to its use of dogs in laboratory testing.
  • Represent an organization that provides free digital literacy training to underprivileged communities in New York City.

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