In the Courts
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg’s intimate understanding of the way judges approach the issues before them gives our clients an invaluable advantage in court. Our attorneys have participated in legal disputes from every angle—as advocates, as mediators, and, critically, as judges and judicial clerks.
Before founding the firm, Judge Holwell served as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Justice McGuire served as an associate justice in the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Division and, before that, as a justice in the 11th Judicial District for the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
HSG attorneys, including a vast majority of our associates, have served prestigious clerkships across the country and internationally. Two of our attorneys, Vincent Levy and Daniel Sullivan, clerked for United States Supreme Court justices; three of our attorneys clerked at the highest courts of other nations; and one of our attorneys clerked for the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. Beyond that, HSG attorneys have served clerkships on five different federal courts of appeals, including two clerkships each at the Second, Fifth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits. At the trial level, our attorneys have served as law clerks at district courts throughout the United States, including seven clerkships within the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York alone.
That extensive experience informs the choices that we make as advocates. We also bring to bear our experience as lead trial counsel for clients such as Visa and HSBC in a range of high-stakes commercial litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, international arbitration, and appellate matters. Recent HSG courtroom victories have included:
- A successful Second Circuit argument in a high-profile appeal brought by holdout bondholders to challenge the decision of the Southern District of New York lifting the pari passu injunction it had entered against the Republic of Argentina in the wake of its default;
- Successful summary judgment and disqualification motions for Cowen and Company, LLC, reducing our client’s potential damages by approximately 80%;
- A summary judgment victory for Microban in the Southern District of New York, which awarded damages, a permanent injunction, and attorneys’ fees; and
- A Second Circuit reversal of the lower court’s confirmation of an arbitral award and vacatur of an injunction against our client, a Turkish industrial and commercial conglomerate.