ProfessionalsGregory F. Laufer
A partner in the Litigation Department, Gregory F. Laufer focuses his practice on commercial litigation matters. Greg's experience has involved representing clients in securities litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, employment law, intellectual property matters and complex commercial disputes. He also has worked on international arbitrations, regulatory matters and internal investigations.
Greg's recent experience includes:
- Representation of Tesla’s directors, in investigations and litigation arising out of Elon Musk’s “going private” tweets.
- Representation of AR Global, a sponsor and manager of non-traded REITs, in a lawsuit, including a two-week trial, in Delaware Chancery Court brought by a litigation trust asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against AR Global and its founders.
- Representation of The Citco Group, the world's largest hedge fund administrator, and prevailing on summary judgment on all counts, just days before trial in a $220 million suit brought by Louisiana public pension funds stemming from their failed investment in a hedge fund managed by Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher, Jr.
- Representation of Omega Advisors and Leon Cooperman in SEC proceedings alleging insider trading.
- Representation of Citigroup in the defeat of a multibillion-dollar arbitration claim brought by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority related to its $7.5 billion investment in Citigroup
- Representation of Meridian Bioscience, and Ohio-based life science company, in the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action alleging that Meridian made false and misleading statements regarding the regulatory compliance and safety and efficacy of one of its products.
- Representation of Aurora Bank in a trial in Colorado State Court, Denver County, in defense of a claim brought by Allonhill, a mortgage due diligence firm. Allonhill was hired by Aurora, a mortgage servicer, to conduct a foreclosure review ordered by federal regulators. Aurora had terminated Allonhill after undisclosed conflicts of interest came to light. After a trial, not only were all of Allonhill's claims against Aurora denied, but Aurora's counterclaims were granted, resulting in a judgment in Aurora's favor.
- Representation of all underwriters of over $20 billion in debt and equity securities issued from 2006 to 2008 by American International Group; action was settled with no payment by our clients.
- Representation of underwriters of residential mortgage-backed pass-through certificates securitized in 2006 and 2007 by Residential Capital LLC; action was settled.
- Representation of On Deck Capital in a Section 11 action that the lead plaintiff voluntarily withdrew after a motion to dismiss was filed.
- Representation of hedge fund and private equity fund clients in sensitive regulatory matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Attorney General, the New York Department of Financial Services and the Department of Justice.
On a pro bono basis, Greg has represented clients in civil rights litigation, asylum proceedings, unemployment insurance hearings and sentencing reduction proceedings. He has argued pro bono appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Greg is also a member of the board of directors of Humanity in Action, an international nonprofit organization that educates and connects young leaders on issues related to human and minority rights.
Before joining the Firm, Greg served as a law clerk for Judge D. Michael Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and former Chief Judge Curtis V. Gómez of the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands.
While in law school, Greg was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. He also interned in the chambers of Justice Asher D. Grunis of the Supreme Court of Israel in Jerusalem and for a prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.