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Craig S. Waldman
 

Craig S. Waldman

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Described by sources in Chambers USA as a “rigorous” lawyer who “thinks outside the box,” Craig Waldman has extensive experience representing clients in high-profile securities litigation, including class and derivative actions, in courts throughout the country. In addition, he frequently represents leading private equity and corporate clients in transaction-related litigation. Craig is consistently recognized as a leading securities and M&A litigator by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, and Law360.

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Work Highlights
Accolades
  • Chambers USA
  • Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, "40 and Under Hot List"
  • The Legal 500 U.S., M&A Litigation
  • Law360, “Rising Star”
  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star”
Education
  • Cornell Law School, 2004 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Tufts University, 2001 B.A.
    magna cum laude
Associations
  • Federal Bar Council
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Clerkships
  • Hon. Richard M. Berman, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2006
Admissions
  • New York 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 2005
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2012
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit  2017

Craig S. Waldman, Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department, has extensive experience representing clients in high-profile securities litigation, including class and derivative actions, in courts throughout the country. Described by sources in Chambers USA as a “rigorous” lawyer who “thinks outside the box,” he frequently represents leading private equity and corporate clients in transaction-related litigation.

Select recent representations:

  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals in federal securities, derivative, and RICO class action litigations;
  • Nielsen in federal securities and derivative litigations; 
  • Envision Healthcare in federal securities litigation;
  • AIG’s Board of Directors in securities and derivative litigations;
  • Blackstone in litigations related to its acquisitions of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Gramercy Property Trust and BioMed Realty Trust;
  • KKR in litigations related to its acquisitions of TXU Corp., Envision Healthcare and PharMerica;
  • NN, Inc. in federal securities litigation brought in New York state court;
  • Foot Locker’s Board of Directors in derivative litigation;
  • Versum Materials, Inc. in shareholder and fiduciary duty litigation related to its acquisition by Merck;
  • MDC Partners Inc. in federal securities litigation;
  • J.P. Morgan and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in federal securities litigations arising from their work as underwriters of Wilmington Trust securities;
  • Chilean conglomerate Corp Group in an international arbitration regarding shareholder rights in a Colombian bank in excess of $600 million
  • Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. in defeating Solus’s efforts to enjoin a refinancing transaction between Hovnanian and GSO Capital Partners, LP;
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in litigation related its sale to JAB Holding; and
  • KeyCorp in litigation arising from its acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.

Craig’s extensive trial work has included a two-week arbitration for Corp Group in its dispute regarding the sale of a Colombian bank, a multi-week FINRA arbitration for a financial services client, the defense of Travelers in Plant Insulation Co. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. (Super. Ct. San Francisco) (successful ruling after trial on alleged non-products coverage issues), and Hanwha Group and Orix Corporation in a widely followed multibillion-dollar ICC international arbitration against the Korea Development Insurance Corporation, an agency of the Korean government.

He is consistently recognized as a leading securities and M&A litigator by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, and Law360. In its recent recognition of Craig, Chambers USA noted that sources describe him as a “subject matter expert” and “a strong lawyer who's good at making sure clients get what they need.”

He has an active pro bono practice including representing clients in housing court, domestic violence and asylum matters. Craig recently represented the City of New York in connection with a lawsuit brought against the City of New York and a former New York City police officer. Craig serves as the Secretary of the Second Circuit Committee on Admissions and Grievances. In addition, he recently served on the Securities Editorial Advisory Board for Law360

Craig received his J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2004 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University in 2001. He completed a clerkship with the Hon. Richard M. Berman in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is admitted to practice in New York.

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