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David J. Ranzenhofer

New York
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6516
Tel: 212.833.1192
Fax: 212.373.7992

David Ranzenhofer represents major public and private companies as well as individuals in the financial services and other industries in connection with complex commercial litigations and white collar matters in federal and state courts and in arbitration. His practice includes all types of commercial disputes, including contract, fraud, intellectual property, securities, breach of fiduciary duty, employment, and related matters.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of Caesars Entertainment Corporation in defense of federal and chancery court lawsuits brought by various creditor groups alleging that certain transactions violated the terms of bond issuances and the Trust Indenture Act. 
  • Participating in the representation of a hedge fund in defense of claims asserted in New York Supreme Court by four of its investors seeking the fund’s liquidation as well as damages in connection with purported breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Participating in the representation of a class of investors in Stanford International Bank in connection with litigation against four banks alleging fraudulent conveyance and aiding and abetting fraud claims related to the Stanford blowup.  The firm and Mr. Ranzenhofer also represent an investors committee that is bringing similar claims.

  • Representation of asset management companies in the Northern District of Chicago in defense of claims brought by an index provider for trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, tortious interference, and fraud.

  • Representation of television production companies in defense of breach of contract and quasi-contract claims in New York Supreme Court.

  • Representation of the former chief financial officer of a medical startup in the Eastern District of New York in defense of claims of breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Representation of a lease auditor in an appeal to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.
  • Representation of a real estate capital advisory boutique in arbitration brought by a former employee.

Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Mr. Ranzenhofer was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he focused on complex commercial litigation. He represented companies and executives in matters pertaining to federal securities fraud, fraud related to the creation and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, corporate governance litigation, litigation related to change in control transactions, antitrust litigation, and SEC investigations.

Fast Facts


Stanford Law School, J.D. (2013)

Duke University, B.S., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2007)

Bar Admissions

State of New York

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Honors and Awards

New York Rising Stars List, 2017-present

Gerald Gunther Prizes for Outstanding Performance in White Collar Crime, Taxation, and Property

Pro Bono Distinction, Stanford Law School

Law Review and Publications

Stanford Law Review

Stanford Law & Policy Review

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