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Litigation Department

7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6516
Tel: (212) 833-1103
Fax: (212) 373-7903

Eric Seiler

Eric Seiler's practice involves complex and multidistrict litigation, securities litigation, insurance litigation, copyright litigation, accountants' liability litigation, antitrust litigation, and commercial and employment litigation and arbitration. He recently represented Wells Fargo as lead litigation counsel in defending against claims brought by Citigroup in connection with the Wachovia merger. He also recently successfully defended a major financial services firm and obtained an order of dismissal (which was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals) of claims brought under the New Jersey RICO statute. He successfully represented HomeSide Lending, Inc., in the recent Second Circuit decision that addressed the "foreign-cubed" question -- whether foreign investors may sue a foreign stock issuer in an American court over alleged violations of U.S. securities laws in foreign countries. He served as lead counsel in successfully opposing a $280 million claim by the major leaseholder at 7 World Trade Center and also represented the developer in obtaining insurance proceeds for rebuilding. He also recently served as lead counsel on behalf of a major financial services firm in a complex contractual dispute resulting in a recovery in excess of $200 million. He represented a litigation trust in recovering $77 million from major broker-dealers in a case alleging contract, tort, and antitrust violations arising out of the sale and liquidation of complex derivative securities. He also has served as lead counsel to a major institutional investor in a $200 million securities fraud and accountants' liability case against a major accounting firm, an institutional placement agent, and others arising from the bankruptcy of a drugstore chain. He has represented hedge funds, private equity firms, investment banks, and a major inter-dealer broker in connection with unfair competition claims and other employment-related claims. Mr. Seiler graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in economics and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 1978; he received a master's degree in economics from Harvard and then graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1982. He served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review and is the author of Note, Antitrust and Nonprofit Entities, 94 Harv. L. Rev. 802 (1981). Mr. Seiler also published, in 1984, an article in the Review of Economics and Statistics titled Piece Rate vs. Time Rate: The Effect of Incentives on Earnings. He clerked for The Honorable Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Seiler is a member of the Board of the UJA-Federation of New York and recently served as the General Chair of its Lawyers Division. He also served as a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Union Square Partnership. He is a member of the Federal Bar Council, and he was a member of the New York City Bar's Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Convention and its Council on Judicial Administration, and was Vice Chair of the Network of Bar Leaders Special Project on the Judiciary Budget. He also has served as an adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School.

Mr. Seiler has been selected to the 2014 New York Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually using the multiphase Super Lawyers selection process which includes, among other factors, peer evaluation. Mr. Seiler was also included on the New York Super Lawyers list in every year from 2006 through 2013. Mr. Seiler also was named as a Leading Individual in the Chambers USA 2011 Ranking of General Commercial Litigators in New York.

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