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Philippe Adler

New York
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6516
Tel: 212.833.1119
Fax: 212.373.7919

Philippe Adler represents public and private companies as well as individuals in federal and state courts and before arbitral panels in disputes involving claims for breach of contract, fraudulent transfer, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty, common law fraud, and securities fraud in the financial services, real estate, insurance, and hospitality industries. Mr. Adler also represents AmLaw 100 law firms in defense of claims, including claims of malpractice, and has represented corporate officers and directors in multidistrict securities fraud and RICO litigations.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of a leading public gaming and hospitality corporation and its affiliates in defense of federal and chancery court lawsuits brought by various creditor groups alleging that certain transactions violated the terms of indentures governing billions of dollars in bonds, as well as the Trust Indenture Act, and were fraudulent conveyances.
  • Representation of a high net worth individual in statutory and common law securities fraud claims against a major investment bank, through and including trial before FINRA.
  • Representation of an international law firm and its partner in defense of claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and malpractice brought by one of the world's largest banks in New York state court in connection with a $75 million loan the bank made, and on which our client advised the bank.
  • Representation of high net worth families over their investment in an email services company that allegedly engaged in securities fraud, and pursuit of opt-out litigation in federal court in California following class action settlement.
  • Representation of an international media and advertising company in a malpractice action against a Big Four accounting firm in New York state court.
  • Representation of a high-level executive of Merrill Lynch through and including trial before FINRA pertaining to the terms of his severance.
  • Representation of an international law firm and a number of its partners in defense of claims including breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, malpractice, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract filed by a former client of the firm, as well as related claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud brought by a former partner, all pertaining to real estate and financing transactions valued in excess of $1 billion. 
  • Representation of an international hospitality company and its directors and officers in litigation in trial and appellate courts in New York and Florida related to the operation of hotels in Miami Beach and corporate transactions, and also concerning a proxy fight and associated lawsuits.
  • Representation of a Russian businessman in New York state trial and appellate courts in a dispute over promissory notes claimed to be for over a quarter-billion dollars.
  • Representation of directors and officers of a public company in class actions filed in federal courts in New York and California under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and RICO for securities fraud.
  • Representation in New York State trial and appellate courts of leaders of a successful D&O division of a major insurer who moved to another insurance company and were sued for a "raid" and for breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Representation of secured senior lenders in New York State court litigation over UCC Article 9 foreclosure following defaults by a significant automotive parts firm.
  • Representation of a leading media company in a federal class action in New York in defense of claims under the FLSA, New York State Labor Law, and common law arising from compensation to personnel for building and maintaining websites.
  • Representation of a leading interdealer broker against a prominent media company in a contract guarantee dispute worth hundreds of millions of dollars in New York state court concerning the provision of financial data to electronic news service.
  • Representation of New York professional sports teams in a contractual dispute with a cable operator over carriage and the teams' new network.

Fast Facts


Columbia Law School, J.D. (1989)

Columbia College, B.A. (1986)

Bar Admissions

State of New York

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

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