Mark C. Zauderer

Partner
Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Mark C. Zauderer

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”

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lawyer INFORMATION:

Admissions:

  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education:

  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., Union College, with distinction/departmental honors

Memberships:

  • Federal Bar Council, President, 2006-2008; President-Elect, 2004-2006; Trustee, 1998—, Treasurer, 2000—, and Chair, 2001—, Program Committee
  • Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department, 2006—
  •  Chief Judge’s Commercial Division Advisory Council, 2013—
  •  Board of Editors, New York Law Journal, 2006—
  • New York State Bar Association (Chair: Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 1996-1997; Chair, Committee on Complex Civil Litigation; Member, Executive Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 1991—; Steering Committee on Commerce and Industry, 2001; Delegate, House of Delegates, 1997-1998; Member, Special Committee on Cameras in New York Courts, 2000); Chair, Special Committee on Age Discrimination in the Profession, 2006—2007
  • New York Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Practicing Law Institute Litigation Advisory Committee, 1992—
  • Advisory Committee on Civil Practice to the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Courts, 1992—
  • Member, Chief Judge’s Task Force on Commercial Courts, 1995—

Mr. Zauderer is a prominent New York trial and appellate lawyer, has represented major corporations, prominent individuals, and a Presidential cabinet secretary in significant business, financial and commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Areas of concentration include contracts, business torts, securities, real estate, legal and professional malpractice, shareholder rights, limited partnerships, defamation and fiduciary relationships in business, law firm and estate matters.

Mr. Zauderer frequently serves as an arbitrator and private mediator of significant disputes and is a member of the national roster of commercial arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is a past President of the Federal Bar Council and is a member of the Board of Editors of the New York Law Journal.

In 2003, Mr. Zauderer was appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye as Chair of New York’s Commission on the Jury, a blue ribbon panel of lawyers and judges charged with finding ways to improve New York’s jury system. He also served as a member of the Chief Judge’s Commercial Courts Task Force, which implemented the establishment of the New York State Court System’s Commercial Division and as member of the Office of Court Administration’s Program on the Profession and the Courts, which drafted New York’s current sanctions rules. Mr. Zauderer is a past chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, served as a delegate to its House of Delegates, as a member of the Special Committee on Cameras in the Courts, and chaired the Association’s Steering Committee on Commerce and Industry. He also served as a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Professional Responsibility, and the Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Zauderer currently serves as a member of the New York Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department and a member of the Chief Administrative Judge’s Advisory Committee on Civil Practice. In 2016, Mr. Zauderer delivered the commencement address at Touro Law School and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws.

In 2004, Mr. Zauderer served as a member of a four person delegation to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to advise on the establishment of a commercial court.

In 2012, Mr. Zauderer was appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman as a member of the Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. In 2013, he was appointed by Chief Judge Lippman as a member of the permanent Advisory Committee of the Commercial Division. In 2015, Mr. Zauderer was appointed a Member of the Chief Judge’s Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline, which made recommendations for the revisions of New York’s attorney discipline system.  In 2015, he was honored by the New York Law Journal with its award for “Lawyers Who Lead By Example” for his contributions to public service.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Zauderer was a partner at Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer.

Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who America

New York Super Lawyers

New York Magazine’s “The New York Areas Best Lawyers”.

In 2007, he was awarded the Eliphalet Nott Medal for distinction in field by the Union College Board of Trustees.

In 2015, he was honored by the New York Law Journal with its award for “Lawyers Who Lead By Example” for his contributions to public service.

In 2016, Mr. Zauderer delivered the commencement address at Touro Law School and was awarded an honorary doctor of law as well.

Chair, The Commission on the Jury, 2003-2005

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committees on: State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 1983-1987; Professional Discipline, 1987-1988; Committee on Judiciary, 1988-1991)

Office of Court Administration’s Program on the Profession and the Courts, Part 130 Subcommittee, 1996-1998

Union College Trustee Board of Advisors, 1993-1999

New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline, 2015

Mr. Zauderer frequently comments on legal issues in the print and television media on litigation related matters.  He was quoted and/or mentioned in the following articles:

  • The May 21, 2024 MSNBC TV episode of “Trump on Trial: New York v. Donald Trump”
  • The April 11, 2024 New York Law Journal article entitled “New York Commercial Division Adopts New Rules on Tech Disputes, Nonjudicial Referees”
  • The March 25, 2024 New York Times article entitled “Trump’s Options Dwindle as $454 Million Judgment Bears Down on Him”
  • The March 25, 2024 Fox Business video interview entitled “New York court agrees to hold off on collecting Trump’s $454 fraud line”
  • The March 22, 2024 Morningstar article entitled “A Truth Social windfall likely won’t solve Trump’s immediate financial crisis”
  • The March 21, 2024 Forbes article entitled “Why Seizing Trump’s Assets – Like Trump Tower – Won’t Be Quick Or Easy”
  • The March 19, 2024 Morningstar article entitled “New York attorney general has Trump backed into a financial corner. He may not be able to get out”
  • The March 18, 2024 Wall Street Journal article entitled “Trump Says He Can’t Secure Bond for $454 Million Civil-Fraud Judgment”
  • The February 29, 2024 Salon article entitled “‘Trump’s in a corner’: Judge comes down ‘very hard’ after Trump seeks discount on fraud penalty”
  • The February 29, 2024 Business Insider article entitled “Trump wants a 78% discount on his bond while he appeal the massive $454 million judgment against him”
  • The February 28, 2024 Wall Street Journal article entitled “Judge Denies Trump Request to Pause $355 Million Ruling”
  • The February 28, 2024 New York Times article entitled “Trump Rebuffed After Asking a Judge to Delay His $454 Million Penalty”
  • The February 28, 2024 USA TODAY article entitled “Unable to cover full amount, Donald Trump offers to post $100M to appeal $454 fraud judgment”
  • The February 28, 2024 International Business Times article entitled “Trump Seeks $100M Bond In Legal Clash Over $454M Fraud Judgment”
  • The February 26, 2024 Washington Post article entitled “Clock is ticking for Trump to post bonds worth half a billion dollars”
  • The February 24, 2024 New York Times article entitled “Donald J. Trump Is Racing Against Time to Find a Half-Billion Dollar Bond”
  • The February 21, 2024 USA TODAY article entitled “Was Trump’s New York fraud case a victimless crime? Why that question is key to his appeal”
  • The February 17, 2024 Wall Street Journal video interview entitled “Trump’s $355 Million Penalty: New York Lawyer Explains Civil-Fraud Ruling”
  • The January 29, 2024 Crain’s New York Business article entitled “Westchester law firm opens Midtown office”
  • The January 11, 2024 Wall Street Journal video interview entitled “Trump Civil-Fraud Trial Explained: Why His business Empire Is at Stake”
  • The November 30, 2023 New York Law journal article entitled “Millions at Stake for Small Business in Review of ‘Good Guy Guaranty'”
  • The November 14, 2023 New York Law Journal article entitled “State Court Cases Against WeWork Could Have Edge in Bankruptcy Case”
  • The November 13, 2023 Bloomberg Law article entitled “Menendez Judge Called Fair-Minded ‘Giant’ of New York Court”
  • The November 8, 2023 New York Law Journal article entitled “Ivanka Trump Emails with Husband Revealed at AG Business Fraud trial”
  • The October 25, 2023 New York Law Journal article entitled “Judge Declines to Dismiss Business Fraud Case Against Donald Trump After a Turbulent Day in Court”
  • The October 1, 2023 Wall Street Journal article entitled “Trumps’ Wallet- and Reputation- to Be Tested in Civil-Fraud Trial”.
  • The January 9, 2023 Wall Street Journal article entitled “Sam Bankman-Fried’s Lawyers Are Veterans of Ghislaine Maxwell and ‘El Chapo’ Cases”
  • The June 20, 2018 Yahoo Finance article entitled “Rennert, Arnold & Porter Head Toward Settlement in $214M Malpractice Case”

Mr. Zauderer has been featured on the PBS television program, “The Open Mind” including:

  • “The Jury System on Trial”
  • “Forcing Lawyers to Retire”
  • “The Law, Fitting a Profession Into The Business Model”
  • “A Newer Look At Cameras in the Courts”
  • “On Lawyers, Judges and Justice in America”
  • “The Legal Brain-Scape: Neuroscience and the Law”
  • “A New York Times Editorial, 5/7/2012: The Cautionary Tale of Dewey & LeBoeuf”
  • “In The Name of the Law …”
  • “Mandatory Judicial Retirement”
  • Author, “Trump complains he can’t get a fair trial in NY. He’s wrong” The Boston Globe, April, 2024
  • Panelist, “Mandatory Alternative Dispute Resolution Clauses in Corporate Contracts,” New York City Bar, New York, November, 2016
  • Panelist, Breakfast Series: “Keeping Up With Changes In the Commercial Division Rules,” New York City Bar Association, 2016
  • Panelist, “Ethical Considerations Of Alternative Fee Arrangements”, New York City Bar Association, 2015
  • Author, “Only Whites Need Apply – The Strange Case of Stuyvesant Town,” New York State Bar Journal, September, 2015
  • Moderator, “The Roosevelt Court” Federal Bar Council Fall Bar Conference, Pocono Manor, PA, 2014
  • Moderator, “The Roosevelt Court” Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Curacao, 2013
  • Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, “Civility and Ethics in Civil Litigation,” New York City, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Moderator, Panel for “Federal and State Judicial Issues” Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Los Cabos, Mexico, 2011
  • Moderator, “Neuroscience and the Law,” Second Circuit Judicial Conference, Lake George, New York, 2011
  • Moderator, New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Program, “How To Win (And Lose) A Preliminary Injunction in Federal and State Court,” 2010
  • Moderator, Practising Law Institute Program, “Judges Pet Peeves,” New York City, 1999, 2001 and 2010
  • Panelist, “Libel Terrorism,” American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., 2009
  • Panelist, “Where to go for Relief,” Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Nevis, West Indies, 2008
  • Panelist, “Great Trials of the 20th Century,” Federal Bar Council Fall Conference, Lenox, Massachusetts, 2007
  • Panelist, “High Profile Cases,” Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Kona, Hawaii, 2005
  • Moderator, Program on Civility, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2004
  • Lecturer to New York State trial judges at Judicial Institute, 2003
  • Trial Demonstration, “The Trial of a Commercial Case: Successful Tactics and Techniques,” New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2002
  • Faculty Chair, New York State Bar Association Program, “Deposition Practice in State and Federal Courts,” New York City, Albany and Uniondale, 1993, 2002
  • Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, “How to Try a Commercial Case,” New York City and Uniondale, 1993, 2002
  • Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, “Basic Federal Civil Practice,” 2001
  • Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, “Successfully Litigating a Commercial Case – Advanced Issues,” New York City and Huntington, 2000 and 2001
  • Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, “Ethics ’99: An Update on Recent Developments and Guide to Safe Navigation,” Manchester, Vermont, 1999
  • Faculty Member, Association of the Bar, City of New York, “Litigating in the Commercial Division of New York State Court,” 1998
  • Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute Program, “How to Begin a Civil Action,” New York, 1998
  • Faculty Member, Association of the Bar, City of New York, “Anatomy of a Trial,” 1997
  • Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute Program, “Current Problems in Federal Civil Practice,” 1994, 1996
  • “Competing Purchaser Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference, Orlando, Florida, 1994
  • Faculty Co-Chair, New York State Bar Association Program, “Strategy and Tactics in Business and Commercial Litigation,” New York City, Rochester and Buffalo, 1990; 1991 and 1994
  • Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, “The Commercial Parts: One Year Later,” New York City, 1994
  • Author, “Effective Discovery in Business and Commercial Cases in State Court,” New York State Bar Journal, May-June, 1993
  • Faculty Member, New York State Bar Associations Programs, “How to Settle a Commercial Case,” New York City and Rochester, 1992
  • Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute Program, “Deposition Skills Training Program,” New York, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Moderator, Practising Law Institute Satellite Television Broadcast, “Deposition Strategy and Tactics,” 1989
  • Faculty Co-Chair, Practicing Law Institute Program, “Litigating Commercial Cases up to Trial,” New York and San Francisco, 1986
  • Trials of complex partnership disputes.
  • Representation of major national and international companies in complex business disputes at trial and on appeal.
  • Defense co-counsel in a suit brought by Eliot Spitzer, who was at the time the attorney general of New York State, against the former chief of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Grasso, to recover Grasso’s allegedly improper $187.5 million pay package. All claims against Grasso were eventually dismissed.
  • Obtaining a dismissal of a $500 million malpractice suit against the international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke.
  • Representation of a group of 57 former partners from the failed law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in a highly publicized bankruptcy proceeding seeking to claw back pay and other benefits from the former partners.
  • An appointment as referee with all the powers of the New York Supreme Court, to adjudicate all disputes between the partners of the national law firm Napoli Bern, and to oversee the dissolution of the firm and transition of its 24,000 clients.
  • Representation of former Clinton administration cabinet member Ronald Brown, at the time the United States Secretary of Commerce, in a lawsuit brought against him and the major television networks by former presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. McCarthy alleged that Brown, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, had improperly excluded him and others from the televised 1992 presidential debates. The claims against Brown were dismissed.
  • Defense of antitrust and securities class actions.
  • The successful appeal of a seminal case defining the extent of the extraterritorial application of the U.S. Securities Laws. Itoba Ltd. v. Lep Group PLC, 54 F.3d 118 (2d Cir. 1995), denied, 516 U.S. 1044 (1996).
  • SEC investigations, including representation of a major university in connection with an insider trading investigation.
  • Acting as lead trial counsel in significant real estate disputes involving such issues as restrictive covenants, claims arising out of diversion of water, claims of competing purchasers, real estate brokerage disputes, and easements.
  • Representation of major companies and individuals in Federal and State government investigations.
  • Representation of major law firms in complex litigations and trials involving breach of fiduciary claims by former partners, and in significant malpractice matters.
  • Court appointment as special referee.
  • Service as arbitrator and as a private and court-appointed mediator in major business disputes.
  • Service as a director of the New York International Arbitration Center and as member of the National Roster of AAA Commercial Arbitrators.

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