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Complex Commercial Litigation
In high-stakes situations — like a potentially crippling liability or a bet-the-company matter — our complex commercial litigation team's impressive extensive trial record and business acumen makes a huge difference. We are distinguished by our experience, having tried hundreds of cases in state, federal, and international jurisdictions, and have successfully handled important commercial issues and disputes for clients in a wide range of industries.
We developed a substantial reputation over many years of representing corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, C-level officers, directors and others in a wide range of industries. As one of the preeminent law firms in investment management, our commercial litigation clients also include some of the biggest names in financial services, many of whom are regular clients of the firm, and others who come solely for our litigation capabilities.
With the breadth of our practice, our commercial litigators work side by side with our lawyers in the firm’s other well-respected practice areas, including mergers & acquisitions; private equity; business reorganization; real estate; employment and ERISA; environmental; and intellectual property, sourcing & technology. This multidisciplinary approach enables us to best develop and execute effective strategies for protecting and promoting the interests of clients who operate as innovators and leaders in their respective industries.
Class actions and multi-district litigations (MDLs)
High-stakes contract disputes, including matters involving financing, joint venture, research and development, and licensing agreements
Disputes concerning corporate ownership and governance, including shareholder agreements, tender offers, proxy contests, consent solicitations
“Business divorce” cases involving partnerships, LLCs and closely held corporations
Breach of fiduciary duty claims, including derivative suits challenging the actions taken by officers and directors of publicly held and private companies
Business torts, fraud claims, and aiding and abetting claims
Alter ego claims relating to portfolio companies and their private equity sponsors
Fraudulent conveyance actions challenging the validity of transfers made in connection with corporate transactions, including LBOs
Trade regulatory and antitrust matters
Representing 173 partners of one of the world's largest law firms in a victory in a major lawsuit brought by a past landlord for over $200 million.
Representing the United Mexican States in seeking a declaratory judgment that BP Oil and other named defendants are jointly and severally liable for removal costs and damages, including natural resource damages, under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 resulting after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, where more than five million barrels of oil were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico.
Representing a national retirement fund in litigation pending in a large entertainment operating company bankruptcy in Chicago on issues arising out of the fund's decision to have certain company entities withdraw from a portion of the fund.
Representing one of the largest owners of private schools in the world in several matters totaling more than $1 billion.
Representing one of the world’s largest inter-dealer brokers in a series of arbitrations and litigations to recoup damages following a competitor’s raid of our client in which the competitor poached 80 brokers, including members of senior management. Recovered over $130 million in those cases on behalf of our client.
Representing a group of secured creditors in an adversary proceeding against the Chapter 11 debtor’s controlling equity holders.
Representing multiple labor union pension funds in actions regarding withdrawal rights arising from their investment of more than $100 million in a real estate investment trust.
Representing the former chief scientist of a major pharmaceutical company in connection with hundreds of related securities fraud, derivative, ERISA, and personal injury actions stemming from the worldwide withdrawal of one of the company’s products.
Successfully obtained federal jury verdict in favor of a leading prime broker, establishing a “good faith” defense in a $140-million fraudulent transfer case.
Achieved a favorable settlement for multiple defendants in a Chapter 11 case after presenting a solvency analysis that undermined many of plaintiff’s primary claims.
Represented one of the world’s largest private equity firms in a contractual obligations suit dismissing various “alter ego” and “piercing the corporate veil” theories of liability.
Successfully defended a major law firm and two of its partners in a $200-million malpractice action.
Successfully represented a global private equity firm against claims of fraud and alleged misrepresentations by forcing the court to dismiss the claim from the bench after proving the plaintiff’s failure to state a claim and failure to allege facts sufficient to pierce the corporate veil.
Represented a Dutch banking institution in a software license rights dispute relating to the sale of its U.S. retail banking business.
Filed a multi-defendant action in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill seeking a declaratory judgment that the defendants are jointly and severally liable for removal costs and damages caused by the spill.
Achieved a favorable settlement in a derivative action brought by a disgruntled shareholder alleging that our client and its directors had improperly diluted stock, overcompensated its officers, and engaged in other alleged misconduct.
Obtained a judgment granting a pre-discovery motion for summary judgment on behalf of our clients, creditors of the debtor in a bankruptcy case, after arguing that a disputed amendment to a credit agreement had been obtained in violation of contractual provisions.
Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) is hosting its 27th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar today in New York. A pioneer in the alternative investment management industry, SRZ has advised private funds for nearly 50 years. Today’s seminar...
Schulte lawyers have collaborated to update and expand Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book 2018, a book published by Practising Law Institute. This easy-to-use, comprehensive treatise offers an explanation of both the basics and...
The 2018 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” listing recognized Schulte as a top-tier firm in 17 practice areas both nationally and in the metropolitan areas of New York City and Washington, D.C. The...
Benchmark Litigation 2018 recognized Schulte as a leading law firm nationally and in the New York and Washington, D.C. markets. The publication identifies the top litigation practices in the United States based on extensive interviews with the...
Written by leading lawyers from around the world, the 2017 edition of Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution provides expert local insight into dispute resolution worldwide for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and...
Written by leading lawyers from around the world, the 2017 edition of Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution provides expert local insight into dispute resolution worldwide for corporate counsel, cross-border legal...
Litigation partners Robert Abrahams and Robert Ward and associate Caitlyn Slovacek authored two chapters in the 2017 edition of Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution, an annual publication that provides expert local insight into dispute...
Schulte represented a consortium of investors and a securities intermediary in securing dismissal of a complaint by an insurance company contesting a $6-million life insurance policy owned by the investors. The insurance company had argued that the...
Because of our record for resolving clients’ problems efficiently and successfully, we have attracted a strong client base of industry leaders, public and private companies, officers and directors, private equity firms and hedge funds, investment...
We have established a national reputation as industry leaders representing clients with regard to pollution liability claims that arise under specialized pollution insurance. Once a cottage industry, pollution insurance products are now a multi-...
Our unparalleled team features both leading lawyers focused on general litigation and others in highly specialized areas, including antitrust; private securities litigation, including class actions and derivative suits; shareholder activism, proxy...
We are known for our extensive experience with analyzing and resolving, through negotiation or litigation, a wide range of complex matters, including workouts, intercreditor disputes, foreclosures, bankruptcy proceedings affecting real estate,...
We have a strong record of success at every stage of a case, having secured dismissal of securities claims at the pleading stage and on summary judgment, defeated class certification motions, and successfully tried a Section 10(b) case to verdict....