Edward D. Altabet

Partner / NEW YORK,

Area of Expertise

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Litigation and Trial
  • Appeals and Critical Motions

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2005
  • New Jersey, 2013
  • Pennsylvania, 2014

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D./LL.M., International and Comparative Law, 2004
  • Columbia University, M.A., Philosophy, 2000
  • Binghamton University, B.A., Philosophy, 1998

Fun Fact

  • Native New Yorker who now lives in New Jersey with his wife, son, and schnauzer

Edward D. Altabet

Partner / NEW YORK

Edward (“Ed”) Altabet received his J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School in 2004, where he served as the Executive Bench Editor of the Moot Court Board.  He received his B.A. in philosophy from Binghamton University and his M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University.

Mr. Altabet is a fierce advocate for his clients and an accomplished litigator who has extensive first chair experience in federal and state courts across the country.  He started his career at Troutman Sanders and honed his skills as a litigator over the past decade at Schulte Roth & Zabel and Nixon Peabody.

Mr. Altabet represents clients across a broad range of industries in connection with a wide array of commercial disputes, including:  securities fraud actions, breach of contract cases, corporate governance and derivative suits, FINRA arbitrations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations, commercial real estate disputes, trustee and creditor counsel in bankruptcy, and appellate litigation.  He also routinely advises start-ups and mid-cap companies as outside general counsel on compliance and governance matters.

Representative cases handled by Mr. Altabet include:

  • Successfully obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a mortgagee permitting client to foreclose on commercial real estate in Brooklyn;
  • Successfully obtaining dismissals of private equity firm in connection with over two dozen lawsuits arising out of its going private acquisition of Chrysler;
  • Successfully settling a NY False Claims Act investigation of a major food service management company initiated by the NY Attorney General;
  • Defending a portfolio manager at a major financial institution in an SEC investigation alleging violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 arising from alleged conflicts of interest;
  • Defending a hedge fund and its principal in an investigation of possible insider trading through the use of “expert networks”;
  • Representing, at trial in Delaware Chancery Court, a minority owner of a company concerning the company’s wrongful refusal to permit an inspection of its books and records; and
  • Defending a fortune 500 company, its officers and directors, against a securities class action and multiple derivative suits relating to alleged stock options backdating.

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