Blair Kaminsky Joins Holwell Shuster & Goldberg’s Management Committee
New York—Holwell Shuster & Goldberg is pleased to announce that Blair Kaminsky has joined the firm’s management committee.
A partner at HSG, Blair represents clients in complex commercial litigation and investigatory matters frequently touching on large-scale transactions and the financial services industry. Widely respected for her work on RMBS putback litigation that has occupied courts since the Great Recession, Blair also represents Visa in nationwide antitrust class actions and massive opt-out litigation seeking billions of dollars in recoveries relating to payment card “swipe fees.” In addition, Blair advises on shareholder class actions, white-collar defense matters, bankruptcy litigation, employment disputes, and, most recently, insurance coverage disputes related to the opioid crisis. She joined HSG one year after its founding in 2012, and was made a partner in 2016.
“Mike, Dan, and I are enormously proud that Blair, already a leader at Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, has joined our management committee,” said Richard Holwell, co-founder of the firm and former judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In addition to her litigation work, Blair plays an integral role in managing HSG. She co-leads the firm’s marketing and recruiting efforts, which have brought diverse and talented lawyers to the firm. HSG has hired three former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and nine of the firm’s 11 associate hires in 2021 were women or otherwise diverse.
As a co-founder of HSG’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Blair has passionately advanced the firm’s DEI efforts. Under the committee’s leadership, the firm recently launched affinity groups for LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, and first-generation professionals; instituted an Asian Equality Taskforce; and invested in pipeline programs such as the NYC Bar’s Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship for high school students, among many other initiatives. The firm was recently recognized by Visa as an “All Star” law firm for diversity and inclusion initiatives, and by Crain’s New York Business as a finalist in its inaugural Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards program.
Under Blair’s leadership, the firm has also made significant financial commitments to organizations that pursue racial and social justice, including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Blair has received many honors for her work, including inclusion on Crain’s New York Business’ 2021 list of Notable Women in Law and Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2019 Rising Star Award for Best in Litigation: General Commercial. She has also been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List since 2017, and to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching list.