Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP (2022)

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP > The Legal 500Rankings

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

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Well known for its representation of individuals in white-collar criminal, civil, regulatory and enforcement matters, also caters to corporate clients, including domestic and foreign public companies.

is well known for its representation of individuals in white-collar criminal, civil, regulatory and enforcement matters, but it also acts for high-profile businesses. The team, which includes former federal prosecutors, is well versed in multi-agency investigations and often handles cases from investigation through to hearings, trials, and appeals. Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan head the team with Corngold recommended for financial crime, antitrust matters, and corporate and consumer fraud, and Mulligan handling cross-border white-collar crime matters. Ricardo Solano, Jr specializes in criminal matters pertaining to the healthcare industry. All attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Eric Corngold; Mary Mulligan

Other key lawyers:

Mala Ahuja Harker; Ricardo Solano, Jr


‘Mary Mulligan is an outstanding individual doing high quality work with enormous experience.’

‘Mary Mulligan is a stand-out white-collar criminal defence lawyer.’

‘Mary Mulligan has huge experience, is very strategic and wholly committed to her clients.’

‘Eric Corngold is a brilliant lawyer. No one is smarter.’

‘Eric Corngold is an exceptional lawyer and great person to work with.’

‘Eric Corngold is a great legal thinker and strategist. He has a deep bench of support.’

‘They practice at a very high level.’

‘Eric Corngold is very thoughtful and perceptive in dealing with individual clients.’

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Dispute resolution > General commercial disputesTier 5

is appreciated for its ‘strong technical subject matter expertise, senior attention, efficient execution and exceptional client service.’ The New York-based team handles disputes arising in the energy, finance, real estate, hospitality, media, consumer products, healthcare, and insurance sectors. Beyond offering support in contract, fraud, and business torts disputes, many members have additional know-how in a variety of other contentious matters. Eric Seilerhas longstanding experience in jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations; like Edward Friedman, he further handles matters of first impression. Anne Beaumont, Mala Ahuja Harker, Jason Rubinsteinand Jeffrey Wang lead the practice, which also includes ‘good strategistJohn Orsini.

Practice head(s):

Anne Beaumont; Mala Ahuja Harker; Jason Rubinstein; Jeffrey Wang

Other key lawyers:

Eric Seiler; Edward Friedman; John Orsini; Scott Berman

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‘As a client, I was constantly impressed with the team’s litigation experience and practical business sense. A commercial dispute requires both qualities in a lawyer. These were clearly present.’

‘The firm is a highly regarded litigation boutique. They handled both plaintiffs and defendants side work. They are tough litigators, but handle themselves professionally and have good relationships with adversaries.’

‘FKA uses an appropriate staffing model – often lean, but with the appropriate expertise and level of experience. This enables a matter to be addressed efficiently, expertly and cost-effectively.’

‘Strong technical subject matter expertise, senior attention, efficient execution and exceptional client service.’

‘High-caliber litigation advisory in a boutique firm.’

‘John Orsini is a pleasure to work with – he is candid about his assessment of situations, a good strategist and ultimately a great business partner. He has driven several matters to a successful conclusion. ‘

‘We have worked closely for several years with Jason Rubinstein, who has a better understanding of us and our industry than many who have worked in it for years.’

‘Through their tenacity, uncommon creativity and skillful negotiation, Scott Berman and his team led efforts to successfully recover meaningful sums in extremely challenging matters.’

Key clients

Adam Neumann, founder and former CEO of WeWork

Altamarea Group

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Apollo Global Management

Ares Capital Corporation

Athene Holding Ltd.

Better Holdco, Inc.

Nine West Holdings, Inc. Litigation Trust

PAVmed Inc.

Phoenix Real Estate Solutions, Ltd

Signature Bank

State of New Jersey and Governor Phil Murphy

Triaxx Asset Management LLC

Tribune Company Litigation Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing WeWork co-founder and former CEO and Chairman Adam Neumann and affiliated company We Holdings LLC in a Delaware Chancery Court action, which was consolidated with an action commenced by a Special Committee of WeWork’s Board of Directors, challenging the decision of WeWork’s majority institutional shareholder to terminate a multi-billion dollar tender offer.
  • Representing NWHI Litigation Trust that was established in the Nine West bankruptcy to pursue claims relating to the 2014 transaction, in which Nine West’s predecessor was purchased, certain of its businesses were sold off, and its shareholders received more than $1bn for their shares.

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP >Firm Profile

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP was founded in 1986 by seven attorneys who quickly built a formidable reputation for providing exceptional representation, particularly in matters of special complexity and first impression. Since that time, the firm has created a practice that prioritizes intellectual strength and agility over size, allowing its attorneys to resolve matters optimally, creatively, and cost-effectively. Today, the firm is made up of approximately 50 attorneys in two offices who provide sophisticated litigation, corporate, and white collar legal advice in high-stakes matters to clients in the financial services, real estate, healthcare, media, insurance, and other industries.

Representative matters

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    • Secured a complete acquittal for a UK national after a lengthy trial spanning almost three years in an international white collar case involving charges of fraud, bribery, and money laundering
    • Representation of a multinational food corporation in connection with an investigation by the New York Attorney General and during a two-week trial resulting in the dismissal of the case against the client
    • Representation of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in connection with the year-long task force investigation being conducted by Governor Phil Murphy and related civil and criminal matters arising from the task force investigation

Complex commercial litigation

    • Representation of the founder of WeWork challenging its majority institutional shareholder’s termination of a multi-billion dollar tender offer
    • Representation of Caesars Entertainment Corp. in defense of federal and chancery court lawsuits brought by various creditor groups alleging that transactions violated the terms of bond issuances and the Trust Indenture Act
    • Representation of GSO Capital Partners in litigation challenging its refinancing of debt issued by New Jersey-based home builder Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.
    • Representation of Wells Fargo and Wachovia in a multi-billion dollar dispute with Citigroup arising out of the acquisition of Wachovia by Wells during the financial crisis

Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights

    • Representation of the largest creditor of PG&E in successfully prosecuting multi-billion dollar insurance subrogation claims, for injuries arising out of the 2017 and 2018 North Bay wildfires, in one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history
    • Representation of two hedge funds pursuing claims on defaulted bonds issued by the Republic of Argentina, which resulted in a recovery of $1.3bn
    • Representation of US Bank National Association in its capacity as indenture trustee of certain notes issued by Windstream Services, LLC in litigation concerning an alleged default under the indenture
    • Representation of Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB as successor indenture trustee for $250m of unsecured notes of Nine West Holdings, Inc. in connection with Nine West’s bankruptcy and potential claims arising out of the company’s 2014 leveraged buyout and asset sales
    • Representation of Sony Electronics Inc. in defense of $200m in claims by the trustee of the Circuit City Liquidating Trust alleging preferential transfer, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and other claims

Malpractice defense

    • Friedman Kaplan frequently represents Am Law 100 firms in defending against claims of malpractice, and has a track record of resolving claims prior to litigation being filed, and — in the event of litigation — obtaining dismissal of claims at trial and on appeal

Special committees

    • Representation of the Special Litigation Committee of Aetna in connection with its investigation of derivative claims asserted against the company’s directors by two shareholders regarding the Aetna/Humana merger
    • Internal investigation on behalf of the Audit Committee of a NYSE-listed consumer financial services company in connection with the Committee’s review of the company’s previously issued financial statements
    • Representation of a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a leading financial services firm in investigating errors in the firm’s public reporting


    • Representation of one of the world’s most prominent inter-dealer brokerage firms in the successful defense of eight consolidated FINRA arbitrations of claims of employee ‘raiding’ and other business torts
    • Representation of a major financial services company in a five-month jury trial successfully defending against claims of racketeering, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition totaling $1bn


    • Representation of Nettar Group Inc. (dba Satellogic), a leader in high-resolution satellite data collection, in connection with a transaction to go public through a merger with CF Acquisition Corp. V, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald
    • Representation of Trilogy International Partners, an international telecommunications company, in its conversion to a public company through a $875m business combination with Alignvest Acquisition Corporation. The firm also advised the client in connection with the refinancing of its high yield bonds
    • Representation of prominent hedge and private equity funds in both domestic and foreign investment and exit transactions
    • Representation of a manufacturer of commercial and military aerospace hydraulic and fuel system components in its acquisition by publicly-owned TransDigm Group, Inc. for a purchase price exceeding $250m

Main Contacts

Partner, Litigation, Management CommitteeAnne Beaumontabeaumont@fklaw.com212.833.1245
Partner, Litigation & White Collar, Management CommitteeMala Ahuja Harkermharker@fklaw.com212.833.1126
Partner, Litigation, Management CommitteeJason Rubinsteinjrubinstein@fklaw.com212.833.1131
Partner, Litigation, Management CommitteeJeffrey Wangjwang@fklaw.com212.833.1175

Lawyer Profiles

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP (1) Eric CorngoldEric Corngold is the head of Friedman Kaplan’s white collar department. He…View Profile
Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP (2) Mala HarkerMala Ahuja Harker splits her practice between white collar/investigations work and complex…View Profile
Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP (3) Mary MulliganMary Mulligan has handled matters involving virtually all aspects of white collar…View Profile

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