Priyanka Wityk is a seasoned litigator representing public and private companies across a variety of industries, including financial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and real estate. She has expertise in litigating complex commercial disputes in federal and state court that involve antitrust, contract, securities, bankruptcy, trade secret misappropriation, business torts, and other issues. She is a founding member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee.
- Representation, including serving as trial counsel, of a CDO collateral manager and recovery service provider in litigation brought by a CDO trustee.
- Representation of successor indenture trustee for $250 million of unsecured notes of Nine West Holdings, Inc. in connection with Nine West’s bankruptcy and potential claims arising out of the company's 2014 leveraged buyout and asset sales. Counsel on trial team in a contested bankruptcy confirmation hearing that led to a revised plan of reorganization that provided a greater recovery to noteholders and other unsecured creditors.
- Representation of the NWHI Litigation Trust that was established in the bankruptcy to pursue claims relating to the 2014 transaction in which Nine West’s predecessor was purchased, certain of its businesses were sold off, and its shareholders received more than $1 billion for their shares.
- Representation of an online mortgage lender in intellectual property litigation.
- Representation of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in defense of a class action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to set the ISDAfix benchmark rate.
- Representation of an investment bank in connection with litigation arising out of a multimillion-dollar dispute in which a former client of the investment bank sued for breach of contract and in which the investment bank asserted counterclaims to recover fees owed to it.
- Representation of a medical service provider in internal investigations arising from allegations of possible violations of federal health care law.
- Representation of a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in a multimillion dollar breach of contract action by a supplier.
- Representation of an incarcerated pro bono client in criminal appeal pending in the First Department in which client appealed his conviction for possession of stolen property because the People did not offer sufficient evidence for conviction at trial and because client's motion to suppress illegally seized evidence was improperly denied.
Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Priyanka was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she represented financial institutions and corporations in complex commercial litigation matters, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and antitrust litigation. She also represented companies and individuals in white collar matters, such as representing a bank in a Department of Justice investigation concerning anti-money laundering policies and procedures, as well as internal investigations, including participation in an internal investigation for a company following allegations of sexual harassment.
Outside the Office
Priyanka is a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2021 class of Fellows, a program designed to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and is on the editorial board of NAWL’s publication, the Women Lawyers Journal, which focuses on issues relevant to women in the law. Priyanka has also served as a member of NAWL's Leadership Program Committee.
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with highest honors (2011)
Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2006)
State of New York
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Honorable William H. Pauley III, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Honors and Awards
Order of the Coif, The George Washington University Law School
Herbert and Mary Greig Scholarship, Boston University
Law Review and Publications
Executive Editor, The George Washington Law Review