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Daniel J. Kramer


Tel: 212-373-3020
Fax: 212-492-0020  

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064


Co-chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group, Daniel J. Kramer is a leading trial lawyer and litigator. Called "one of the stars of his generation" by Chambers, and a "quiet giant" by Lawdragon, Dan has handled complex litigations for some of the world's largest companies and has significant experience representing boards of directors in corporate governance issues and special committees in internal investigations.

In 2014, Paul Weiss' Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group was named Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer, which called the practice "big, powerful and swaggering," noting that "no other firm matched the number and magnitude of headline making securities litigation."  Similarly, Chambers routinely ranks the Securities Litigation Department in Band 1, stating that the Group has "a truly enviable securities litigation practice," a "dazzlingly deep bench" and "some of the most cutting-edge securities cases."  And Legal 500 consistently gives the Group its highest rating, noting that "its excellent, wise counselors combine deep legal knowledge with a practical and business-like view."

Dan's recent matters include representation of:

  • SAC Capital, in litigation arising out of claims of insider trading.
  • Bank of America, in litigation arising out of its $50 billion merger with Merrill Lynch.
  • AIG, in litigation with its former Chairman and CEO, Hank Greenberg, and in class action, ERISA and derivative lawsuits concerning allegations of accounting fraud and bid rigging.
  • Merck, in regulatory investigations relating to Vioxx.
  • UBS, in the Detroit bankruptcy.
  • Credit Suisse, in litigation concerning the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • Citigroup, in obtaining dismissal of class action and derivative claims concerning the IPO of Ikanos Corporation.
  • Schering Plough and Merck, in securities class action, ERISA and derivative litigation relating to their cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin.
  • Elliott Associates, in corporate control contests for Novell Inc. and BMC Software.
  • Kohlberg Capital, in obtaining dismissal of class action and derivative claims arising out of the restatement of its portfolio of illiquid securities.
  • Swiss Re, in obtaining dismissal of class action litigation concerning its write down of credit default swaps.
  • Ericsson, in obtaining dismissal of class action litigation involving its telecom business.
  • Fannie Mae's Board of Directors' Special Review Committee, in an internal investigation into accounting and governance issues.
  • JP Morgan Chase's Bank One mutual funds, in litigation arising out of allegations of market timing and late trading in the mutual fund industry.
  • SAC Capital, in obtaining dismissal of lawsuits alleging that it improperly shorted the stock of Biovail Corporation.
  • Hollinger International (now Sun Times Media Group), in the successful prosecution of its former CEO, Conrad Black, for improper self-dealing transactions.

Dan has been selected as a Band 1 securities lawyer by Chambers, as one of America's leading lawyers handling "Bet the Company" litigation by Best Lawyers in America, as one of New York's "Top 10 Lawyers" by Super Lawyers, as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America" by Lawdragon and as "one of the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom" by Directorship Magazine. Dan also lectures and writes extensively on securities litigation, corporate governance and regulatory issues. He is the co-editor of Corporate Internal Investigations: An International Guide (Oxford University Press), and co-author of Federal Securities Litigation: A Deskbook for the Practitioner (Data Press) and of Regulation of Market Manipulation (Matthew Bender).

Corporate Governance
Financial Institutions
Internal Investigations
M&A Litigation
Securities Litigation
White Collar Crime & Regulatory Defense


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1984

B.A., Wesleyan University, 1980

magna cum laude

Hon. Wilfred Feinberg, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

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