Litigation - New York
What the team is known for Market-leading practice in general commercial and securities litigation. Deep bench of litigators skilled in handling high-stakes, sophisticated civil litigation for a plethora of significant clients. Also increasingly recognized for its capabilities in white-collar criminal defense work.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top-notch litigation firm. Highly professional, terrific lawyers, very easy to work with and very responsive to our needs. They also have very keen analytical insights into the law."
"I had absolute confidence in them. They were very professional and knowledgeable. I felt properly advised and supported the whole way through."
Work highlights Represented JPMorgan in connection with numerous putative class action suits relating to the Libor scandal and allegations of price-fixing.
Defended RBS, UBS and Deutsche Bank in a host of securities class action cases in connection with investor losses relating to RMBS.
Advised the board of directors of AIG in connection with derivative claims asserted by Starr International.
Mark Stein is a talented white-collar attorney with significant experience in handling both company and individual representations in criminal matters. Sources note that he is "a very sensible, very smart and creative advocate."
Bruce Angiolillo recently represented Morgan Stanley in the defense of securities laws claims brought by investors in relation to certain structured financial products. One client comments: "He writes extraordinarily well, advocates very well, is creative and has delivered great results."
Barry Ostrager is nationally acclaimed for his trial skills and is impressively experienced in commercial litigation. He regularly handles a wide variety of insurance coverage litigation for longstanding client The Travelers Companies. One source notes: "When it's bet the company, he's the guy you go to."
"Unbelievably responsive" Paul Curnin has a strong reputation in both the white-collar and securities arena in New York. His recent highlights include work for AIG on securities matters. Sources characterize him as being "very smooth, very sophisticated and with excellent judgment."
"Fine litigator" David Ichel has a broad litigation practice with expertise across a range of areas including insurance, insolvency and product liability. Clients praise his abilities and appreciate that "he explains complex legal issues extremely well."
"Extremely smart, hard-working and responsive," Jonathan Youngwood regularly counsels leading financial institutions and other high-profile clients in complex commercial disputes and securities matters. One client stated that "he is the best lawyer on his feet - he is incredibly comfortable before judges and panels. He's smart, reasonable and well liked."
Peter Kazanoff has significant experience in representing corporate and private equity clients in transaction-related litigation. His recent representations include handling a shareholder action brought against Eaton in connection with a significant acquisition.
Former federal prosecutor Josh Levine has extensive experience in government having served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York. One source notes: "He has the intellectual capacity to understand the very technical securities matters." He often leads internal investigations for key clients.
Thomas Rice has particular experience in handling significant RMBS matters for major investment bank clients. One commentator stated: "When it comes to complex financial services-related litigation there are few better than him."
"Very sensible, thorough and dedicated," Mark Cunha has a broad commercial practice with notable experience in a range of disputes including securities, antitrust and malpractice litigation.
Significant clients The Blackstone Group, Pfizer, Citi, Countrywide Home Loans, Silver Lake Partners.