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
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
- Merck, in regulatory investigations relating
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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).