Ranked InNew York
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Practice Areas: Practice focuses on complex civil and corporate litigation, and regulatory, white-collar criminal and professional liability matters. Co-heads Wachtell Lipton's white collar and regulatory practice group, and often is involved in internal investigations and corporate governance and compliance reviews. His clients include securities firms, investment banks, defense contractors, pharmaceutical companies, law firms and corporate officers.
Professional Memberships: Is co-chair of the Brennan Center at New York University Law School and has chaired several committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, including: the Criminal Law, Federal Legislation and Federal Courts Committees. Is currently Chair of the Bar Association’s Council on Criminal Justice. In addition, served as vice chairman and director of the Legal Aid Society, and a co-founder of New York Law Firms for the Homeless, a financial support organization for the New York Coalition for the Homeless.
Career: Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for almost 30 years. Prior to joining the firm, had significant experience as law clerk to Second Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Henry J. Friendly (1972-73) and to United States Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (1973-74). Also served as chief appellate attorney (1976-78) and chief of the Criminal Division (1982-84) in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Was also appointed by the Federal District Court to serve as monitor of the Mason Tenders Union (1995-2002).
Publications: Has lectured for numerous continuing education programs, including programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, New York Law Journal, Practising Law Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Federal Bar Council and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Has also taught trial practice at New York University Law School.
Personal: Graduated summa cum laude from Union College in 1969 (BA) and from New York University Law School in 1972 (JD), where he graduated first in his class, served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review and was a Root-Tilden Scholar for the Second Circuit.