Blythe E. Lovinger represents management in the area of employment litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels. She has defended claims of sex, age, race, national origin and disability discrimination and sexual harassment as well as actions brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state employment laws. She also represents clients in disputes involving the enforcement of employment contracts and restrictive covenant agreements and claims arising out of the employment relationship such as defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference. Blythe also advises clients on a wide range of employment issues, including disciplinary actions and terminations; employment, consulting and separation agreements; employment policies and practices; reductions-in-force; wage and hour auditing; investigations of alleged harassment and other employee misconduct; and litigation avoidance. She conducts anti-harassment training for clients and other specialized training programs tailored to the client's needs. Blythe also represents individual clients in the negotiation of employment, consulting and separation agreements.
Employment Practices and Litigation
Charles Michael has successfully handled a wide range of commercial litigation matters. He has obtained favorable settlements or dismissals on behalf of clients accused of securities fraud, intellectual property infringement, antitrust violations, wrongful termination and breach of contract. He has also successfully represented clients bringing claims for breach of fiduciary duty, trademark infringement, breach of contract, and professional malpractice.
Mr. Michael was recently part of the trial team that obtained a complete victory after a bench trial of a $120 million suit relating to a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) transaction. He also secured a preliminary injunction preserving a medical practice’s contractual option to buy the company supplying the practice’s non-medical support staff, and won an appellate decision reversing the trial court and dismissing a $200 million fraud and alter ego suit against a private equity firm.
Mr. Michael is also experienced in regulatory and criminal investigations. He has represented clients under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
He is the founder and editor of the SDNY Blog which covers civil litigation and trial practice in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Additionally, Mr. Michael has recently given several presentations to in-house counsel at private equity firms and others about limiting the risk of being held responsible in court for portfolio company liabilities, and preserving the attorney-client privilege among corporate affiliates.
Select Seminars & Events
“Fundamentals of Taking and Defending Depositions,” Practicing Law Institute, 2015
“Fundamentals of Taking and Defending Depositions,” Practicing Law Institute, 2014
A Middle-Ground Approach To 'Piggybacking'
June 2, 2015, Law360
Areas of Practice
Bar & Court Admissions
James H.R. Windels is a member of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Litigation Department. He has experience in a wide variety of federal and state court commercial litigation matters, regulatory enforcement proceedings and internal investigations.
Mr. Windels’ matters include securities cases relating to public offerings and underwritings, sales and trading, asset management, mutual funds, private equity transactions and accounting matters. He has represented companies and accounting firms in internal investigations, bidders and targets in mergers and acquisitions litigation, and financial institutions and manufacturers in federal and state antitrust actions. He has also represented financial institutions and accounting firms in investigations and proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, federal and state criminal authorities, and local regulators in Europe and Asia.
Mr. Windels joined Davis Polk in 1990 and became partner in 1997. He clerked for the Honorable Peter K. Leisure, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, from 1989 to 1990. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A and President of the Board of Directors of Volunteers of Legal Service. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and on Davis Polk’s Pro Bono Committee.
Kenneth J. Brown is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation. He has successfully represented clients before federal and state courts across the United States, as well as a variety of arbitrators, federal and state regulators, and administrative boards.
Mr. Brown’s practice spans a range of substantive areas, including commercial and financial services litigation, class actions and class arbitrations, consumer protection and unfair trade practices cases, trade secrets, misappropriation of ideas, and First Amendment litigation. His pro-bono work includes various civil, criminal, and administrative matters in the Washington, DC area.
Mr. Brown’s experience includes:
Born in Port Jefferson, New York, Mr. Brown grew up just north of New York City in Wesley Hills, New York. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an Articles Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Mr. Brown completed two clerkships after graduation; the first for Judge William H. Yohn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the second for Judge Stanley Marcus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He joined Williams & Connolly in 2003. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Brown served as an adjunct professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Brown is a member of the Board of Directors of Gifts for the Homeless, Inc., a non-profit organization serving the homeless of Washington, DC.
Education & Honors
Bar & Court Admissions
David Keyko is a partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the New York office. His practice has focused on major, complex litigation, often involving multiple parties. He has handled cases involving allegations of securities or other types of fraud, antitrust violations, ethics issues and trusts and estates issues across the country, often involving insurance coverage issues. He has conducted internal investigations and represented clients responding to government probes. Trials include: representing a plaintiff in a four-week bench trial in federal court in New York concerning a fraudulent scheme to finance the importation of coffee beans, which resulted in a $90 million judgment; a five-week jury trial in federal court in New Jersey concerning an alleged scheme to manipulate world-wide commodity prices; and a four-month bench trial in federal court in Louisiana concerning the finances of a bankrupt oil and gas company. He has also served as an expert witness in connection with legal malpractice litigation. Among the prominent cases Mr. Keyko has handled was the representation of the primary claimant to a $1.5 billion estate in lawsuits filed in several jurisdictions.
Mr. Keyko was named the "New York City Best Lawyers Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. He has lectured and written widely on securities, antitrust, legal ethics and general litigation topics, and chairs PLI's programs on federal pretrial practice and ethics for corporate lawyers. He is a former columnist for the New York Law Journal and has written several dozen articles on litigation and ethics issues for such publications as the National Law Journal, and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, on whose advisory board Mr. Keyko served.
Randi Singer is a litigation partner in Weil’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Media practice and its Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group.
Ms. Singer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading intellectual property and media & entertainment lawyer by legal industry publications, including The Legal 500 US, Chambers USA,World Trademark Review, Benchmark Litigation, Managing IP Magazine’s IP Stars, and Super Lawyers, and in 2012 she was named a “Rising Star” in Media and Entertainment by Law360. She has successfully represented and counseled clients on a wide variety of copyright and trademark matters involving both classic ownership and fair use issues, as well as evolving secondary liability issues arising from social media platforms. Her advertising, trademark, and state unfair trade practices cases have spanned a broad spectrum of consumer products and services, from over-the-counter drugs, razors, toothpaste, paint, food and cosmetics, to financial services, luxury goods and consumer electronics.
Ms. Singer has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials and regularly counsels clients in connection with privacy, cybersecurity, and social media issues in a wide variety of matters, including such high-profile transactions as Facebook’s acquisition of Whatsapp, Inc., Yahoo!’s acquisition of Tumblr, and Signet Jewelers Limited’s acquisition of Zale Corporation. In 2015, The National Law Journal recognized Ms. Singer as one of its inaugural “Trailblazers” nationwide for her cutting-edge work in the cybersecurity and data privacy area.
In addition to her active practice, Ms. Singer has taught a course on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law and is a popular speaker whose speaking engagements include panels and discussions concerning copyright, advertising, and other intellectual property issues for organizations such as the Copyright Society, the National Advertising Division, the Practising Law Institute, the American Conference Institute, and the New York State Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property. Other professional affiliations include the International Trademark Association (INTA), The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the New York State Bar Association, the Private Advertising Litigation subcommittee of the ABA, and the Trademarks and Consumer Affairs Committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Ms. Singer is a member of the global steering committee for Women@Weil, Weil’s women’s affinity group, the winner of Weil’s first-ever mentoring award, and an inductee into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders. In addition to her work as the General Counsel for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, her pro bono work includes litigation successes for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Sanctuary for Families, trademark and IP counseling for organizations such as The Joyful Heart Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as well as extensive legal support and counseling concerning ambush marketing for NYC2012, New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.
Ms. Singer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. After receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Ms. Singer clerked for the Honorable Richard Owen, US District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Seth Gastwirth is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. He serves as lead trial, appellate and arbitration counsel in both individual and class action lawsuits involving complex, multimillion dollar claims in a variety of practice areas, including: commercial disputes, product liability, labor and employment, contracts and warranties, intellectual property, real estate, consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, trade secrets, fiduciary duty, securities law, financial services, insurance, and litigation matters arising out of bankruptcy disputes.
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, Board of Directors, Ladder Up (2007-present)
Member, Board of Directors, Ravinia Associates (2008-present)
Alumni Student Recruitment Volunteer, The University of Michigan (2006-present)
Selected as an “Illinois Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. in 2010 and from 2012-2014.
Selected as one of 30 “Future Stars” in Illinois litigation by Benchmark Litigation in its 2009 publication of the “Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.”
William H. Taft V, based in the firm’s New York office, is a partner in the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on commercial and corporate governance litigation and international arbitration. Mr. Taft frequently advises clients in disputes arising from joint venture and partnership agreements, including matters involving commercial real estate and infrastructure development project companies, and has experience handling a broad range of contract disputes. He is admitted to practice before the New York State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.
Mr. Taft joined the firm in 2005. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Taft clerked for the Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr. when Justice Alito served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Taft received a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2004, and a B.A. in History from Yale University in 2000.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Taft worked at the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. He is a co-author of “Avoiding And Defeating Securities Fraud Actions Against Clinical-Stage Biopharmaceutical Companies,” Bloomberg BNA Life Sciences Law & Industry Report (July, 2015) and co-author of the study “Conventional Coercion Across the Spectrum of Operations,” RAND Corporation, 2003.
Mr. Taft was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005. He is a member of the American Society of International Law, the New York City Bar Association and has served on the International Disputes Committee of the New York City Bar Association (2010 - 2013). He currently serves on the Corporation Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and the board of The Fund For Modern Courts.
Analisa Torres was appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on April 23, 2013. She served on the New York State bench, from 2000-2013, in the Supreme, Criminal and Civil Courts. Following seven years of practice in major Manhattan law firms, in 1993, Torres was appointed to the City Planning Commission. She served as law clerk to the Hon. Elliott Wilk. Judge Torres is a member of the CUNY Law School Board of Visitors and chairs the Board of Directors of the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation. She was awarded the Charles Evans Hughes Fellowship at Columbia Law School and graduated Harvard College magna cum laude. Judge Torres lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.
Denise L. Plunkett is a partner in the Antitrust and Consumer Financial Services Groups in Ballard Spahr's New York office. Ms. Plunkett has significant experience in the payment card, financial services, and pharmaceutical industries, including individual and class actions, multidistrict and multidefendant litigations, and international arbitration. She has successfully litigated an impressive array of claims, ranging from common law claims and business torts to alleged violations of antitrust laws and consumer protection statutes. Ms. Plunkett’s experience includes trial and appellate work in state and federal courts throughout the United States. She regularly counsels clients on antitrust issues, and helps them navigate issues related to regulatory compliance and business planning.
James S. Goddard is a Director and Associate General Counsel with Citi f/k/a Citigroup in New York, NY, and has been a senior litigation attorney with Citi’s predecessors-in-interest, beginning with Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1991. Mr. Goddard’s practice focuses on banking, securities, commercial and residential realty, intellectual property, technology, abandoned property and general commercial transactions. His litigation experience includes jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations in several forums.
Prior to joining Shearson Lehman Brothers, Mr. Goddard was a litigation associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell, Edwards & Angell and Coudert Brothers. Mr. Goddard served as Law Clerk to the Honorable William H. Timbers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Lori L. Pines is a Litigation partner in Weil’s New York office, where she heads the Firm’s False Claims Act/Qui Tam practice and is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation group. Ms. Pines has played a central role in managing the defense of some of the nation’s most complex and public disputes, including one of the largest class action/multi-district litigation proceedings.
Ms. Pines has litigated cases spanning a broad range of substantive areas on behalf of major clients in numerous industries, including life sciences, managed care, telecommunications, energy, commercial power, professional services, publishing, and manufacturing. In addition, Ms. Pines has substantial experience representing clients in cases involving the False Claims Act. Over the course of her career, Ms. Pines has been involved in a number of lengthy, complex jury trials in both state and federal court. She has also handled numerous government agency investigations and employment disputes, as well as all aspects of many important settlements.
Ms. Pines also has extensive arbitration experience. She has handled many disputes before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), and played a significant role in coordinating the defense of one of the largest International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitrations to date. Ms. Pines’ advice regarding how to streamline arbitration proceedings to make them more efficient and effective has been sought, and published, by the AAA.
Recent notable experience includes:
Mark Cohen is a partner of the Firm, which he co-founded in 2002, and head of the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration and White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Investigations groups. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Law Review. He formerly practiced with the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Mr. Cohen’s litigation practice includes complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and antitrust litigation. He also focuses on white collar defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations, where he represents companies, financial institutions and individual clients in white collar criminal cases, federal and state regulatory proceedings, proceedings before self-regulatory organizations, and corporate internal investigations.
Mr. Cohen has been selected as a leading lawyer in the White Collar category of the forthcoming 2013 Chambers USA guide. He is named as a “Local Litigation Star” in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation and has been included as one of a New York’s Super Lawyers each year since 2008.
Litigation and Arbitration; White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Investigations
Education and Bar Admissions
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1987); Cornell University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1984). New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
David is a partner in the Business Litigation group of Morrison Cohen LLP, and also serves as the firm’s General Counsel. David handles all phases of complex litigation, from pleading through trial and appeals, in the New York state and federal courts.
David has a broad-based practice, including commercial, real estate, insurance, and securities matters. He regularly represents real estate developers, landlords, property owners, and lenders in property, lease, land use, and construction disputes; counsels insurance companies and insureds regarding insurance and reinsurance disputes (which have included disputes involving credit risk insurance, residual value insurance, classic property and casualty insurance, business interruption losses, medical insurance, and life insurance); defends complex securities claims on behalf of officers, directors, and corporations; and advises clients in connection with the defense (or prosecution) of business tort claims. David is also frequently called upon to represent high net-worth individuals (and their business entities) in professional and personal disputes, including partnership, contract, employment, compensation, securities, and royalty disputes, as well as complex matrimonial and child support matters.