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Judge Richard Holwell Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Hall of Fame


New York—The Hon. Richard Holwell was inducted into Benchmark Litigation’s Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony held last night in Manhattan.

Benchmark Litigation annually selects two lawyers with “illustrious careers and considerable achievements” to its Hall of Fame, honoring those who have earned “unanimous market recognition and praise.” Joining Judge Holwell in Benchmark Litigation’s 2023 Hall of Fame class was Mary Jo White, the former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and first woman to act as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She currently serves as senior chair of Debevoise & Plimpton.

Judge Holwell has excelled in both private practice and government service. During his nine years as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, Judge Holwell wrote more than 600 published opinions and presided over a number of the most significant securities fraud matters to reach trial in recent decades, including the insider trading trial of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam.

Over the last decade, Judge Holwell has overseen the growth of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg into one of the premiere litigation boutiques in the country. His varied engagements, which call on his widely respected judgement in addition to his talent as a litigator, have included representing Visa in antitrust litigation with the largest retailers in the U.S., serving as interim general counsel for the Port Authority in the aftermath of the “Bridgegate” scandal, and sitting on a three-member appellate arbitration panel for the National Football League.

Before his confirmation to the federal judiciary, Judge Holwell practiced with HSG co-founding partners Michael Shuster and Daniel Goldberg at White & Case, where he led the firm’s global dispute practice and served on the management board.

Other recent entrants to the Benchmark Litigation Hall of Fame include Evan Chesler of Cravath Swaine & Moore, Diane Sullivan of Weil Gotschal & Manges LLP, and Ted Wells of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.


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