Priyanka Wityk represents financial institutions and public and private companies in connection with complex commercial disputes involving antitrust, contract, accounting, and other issues. Ms. Wityk also represents clients in connection with white collar matters.
- Representation of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in defense of a putative class action lawsuit alleging that the bank conspired with other major banks and an interdealer broker to manipulate the ISDAfix benchmark rate in violation of the Sherman Act.
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.
- Participated in the representation of an accounting firm in connection with an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, including responding to the Internal Revenue Service's subpoenas and representing client at multiple meetings with the Internal Revenue Service.
- Representation of creditors seeking to recover billions of dollars arising from breach of contract by counterparty in Chapter 11 proceedings.
Representation of an incarcerated pro bono client in criminal appeal pending in the First Department in which client is appealing 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, Ms. Wityk 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
Ms. Wityk is a member of the Federal Bar Council, an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in federal practice and fellowship among federal practitioners in the Second Circuit. She is also an active member of professional organizations that advocate for gender equity and women’s rights within the workplace, including the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Legal Network for Gender Equity, which connects those who have experienced sexual misconduct in the workplace with attorneys and public relations professionals who can help them.
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