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David J. Ranzenhofer

Associate
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 litigation in federal and state courts and in arbitration, as well as in connection with government investigations and white collar matters. 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 the Official Stanford Investors Committee in connection with litigation against five banks alleging fraudulent conveyance, and aiding and abetting fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and securities claims related to the Stanford blowup.
  • Representation of a holding company of car dealerships in defense of a breach of contract and related tort claims brought by minority members and former officers in New York Supreme Court.
  • 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. 
  • Representation of asset management companies in the Northern District of Illinois 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 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

Education

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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