- Ivy League training: Columbia Law School; James Kent Scholar 1L; Columbia Law Review; research assistant in contracts; teaching fellow in civil procedure;
- 18 years of high-profile corporate fraud litigation worldwide;
Wachtell Lipton (8 years): defended Tommy Hilfiger, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, UBS, Appaloosa Management, Goldman Sachs, Computer Associates, Wal-Mart, Maytag, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, etc.;
Kasowitz Benson (2 years): defended and prosecuted major corporate fraud cases;
Philip Morris Int’l (3 years): in-house at PMI’s Swiss HQ suing governments worldwide in courts and arbitrations;
Salisbury & Ryan (4 years): represented Russian Forbes billionaires in international fraud cases and arbitrations in the U.K., U.S., France, South Africa, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the BVI, Singapore, Cyprus, etc.
- Personal appearances before U.S. federal and state courts, the SEC, the DOJ, tribunals in the U.K., Switzerland, the Netherlands, the BVI, Luxembourg;
Emigrated from Russia in 1989 while pursuing a graduate degree in microbiology at Moscow State University; finally came to my beloved New York in 1995 via Austria, Italy and the U.S. South to attend Columbia Law School.
Learned corporate fraud from Professors John C. Coffee Jr. and Bernie Black and Judge Jed Rakoff; have been litigating serious fraud cases ever since.
Learned contracts from the late great Professor E. Allan Farnsworth, “one of America’s most renowned legal scholars on contracts,” “reporter for the influential 1981 Restatement (Second) of Contracts” (Wikipedia); worked as Professor’s research assistant and book editor, 1L; winner of the Class of 1913 Prize in Contracts; have been litigating sophisticated contract cases ever since.
Teaching Fellow in Civil Procedure for the class of the late great Prof. Harold Korn, an expert in New York Civil Procedure, and Judge Jack Weinstein.
James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; senior editor at Columbia Law Review; summer and part-time associate at Wachtell Lipton, the most profitable and prestigious corporate law firm in the U.S.
Eight more years at Wachtell after graduation defending Fortune 100 companies, Wall Street banks and hedge funds in white-collar crime, fraud, hostile takeover, and securities class action cases regularly featured in the WSJ and NYT. Two years at Kasowitz in multi-billion-dollar fraud, RICO, takeover and antitrust cases on plaintiffs’ and defendants’ side. Then three years in Switzerland suing governments worldwide on behalf of Philip Morris International, the most profitable and litigious tobacco company in the world. Four years back in New York representing Russian Forbes billionaires in investigating and prosecuting international fraud cases.
I now prosecute serious corporate fraud cases against large companies with my own practice.