Blair E. Kaminsky
A partner and member of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg’s management committee, Blair Kaminsky represents both individuals and corporations in complex commercial litigation and investigatory matters frequently touching on large-scale transactions and the financial services industry. Crain’s New York Business has recognized her as a Notable Woman in Law, and her clients have described her to Benchmark Litigation as a “fantastic litigator who provides thoughtful, spot-on advice,” and “manages enormous cases with creativity and enthusiasm.” Chambers USA honored her as an “up and coming” lawyer for general commercial litigation in New York in its 2022 and 2023 guides, with clients and peers stating she “does a remarkable job in court” and “sees the forest, the trees, and the underbrush.”
Blair is widely respected for her leadership and advocacy in litigation with wide-ranging social and economic impacts, including high-stakes RMBS putback litigation that first arose in the Great Recession. In another wave of commercial litigation with potential exposure in the billions, Blair represents Visa in multi-district class action antitrust litigation filed on behalf of merchants, as well as in opt-out cases brought by the world’s largest retailers, relating to network rules at the heart of the Visa system. In addition, Blair represents Chubb in insurance coverage disputes related to the opioid crisis, and advises on shareholder class actions, white-collar defense matters, bankruptcy litigation, and employment disputes. In these and other similarly complex cases, Blair works tirelessly to develop relationships with co-counsel and opposing counsel, and looks across cases to leverage synergies and ensure consistency across portfolios of multiple cases in various fora. As peers and clients shared with Chambers, Blair has the “ability to find consensus, manage the intricacies of multiple litigations and navigate the thorny relationships involved,” and to “channel her photographic recall of the facts, law and procedural history of a case and use it to direct the overall litigation strategy and goals.”
An active participant in HSG’s pro bono practice, Blair spearheaded the development of the firm’s partnership with Her Justice, an organization providing legal services to women living in poverty in New York City. Blair’s own pro bono matters include her representation of a college freshman survivor of sexual assault with respect to her civil rights and potential remedies under university policies and Title IX.
In addition to her litigation work and service on HSG’s management committee, Blair plays a leadership role in HSG’s marketing and recruiting efforts, which have brought diverse and talented lawyers to the firm. Blair was instrumental in the formation of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the development of HSG’s formal mentoring program.
Blair is a member of The American Lawyer’s first-ever Young Lawyer Editorial Board, and speaks frequently on topics ranging from ethical obligations in e-discovery to fostering diversity and inclusion at law firms. Blair has received many honors for her work, including being selected as one of only 10 honorees for the New York Business Journal’s 2022 Women of Influence award. She is the recipient of Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2019 Rising Star Award for Best in Litigation: General Commercial and was named to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching list.
Prior to joining HSG, Blair was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she represented JPMorgan in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy litigation and NYSE Euronext in litigation over a contemplated $10 billion merger that would have created the world’s largest stock market. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review, she clerked for the Hon. Judith Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
- Recognized by Chambers USA as an "Up and Coming" Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in New York
- One of 10 Women Named to New York Business Journal’s 2022 Women of Influence List
- Named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2021 list of Notable Women in Law
- Recipient of Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2019 Rising Star Award for Best in Litigation: General Commercial
- Selected as one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching
- Visa in multi-district class action antitrust litigation filed on behalf of merchants, as well as in opt-out cases brought by the world’s largest retailers, relating to network rules at the heart of the Visa system.
- Various affiliates of Chubb in nationwide litigation with manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and national pharmacy chains that sold opioids, over insurance coverage for over 3,000 lawsuits brought by governmental entities across the country. HSG is national trial counsel to Chubb in opioid coverage litigation.
- HSBC, U.S. Bank, and The Bank of New York Mellon as trustee (or securities administrator) in various RMBS putback matters, each involving hundreds of millions of dollars. In connection with those representations, Blair helps lead the firm’s efforts as Liaison Counsel in coordinating dozens of RMBS cases pending in New York state court before the Honorable Marcy S. Friedman. As a key member of the Steering Committee for these cases, Blair has liaised with plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel across the putback, monoline, and investor RMBS cases pending before Justice Friedman to establish master orders concerning discovery, dispositive motions, and appointment of a Special Discovery Master, and to raise issues with the Court and Special Discovery Master via common issues briefing.
- Multiple hedge funds in various confidential internal matters.
- NYSE Euronext in litigation over its contemplated $10 billion merger with Deutsche Boerse.
- A secured creditor of LBHI in litigation arising from its bankruptcy.
- A major financial institution in connection with international litigation concerning a collapsed hedge fund.
News and Writings
- Blair Kaminsky to Speak on Law.com Webcast About the Future of Litigation in a Changing Legal Landscape06.26.2023
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a National Tier 1 Firm and Top Boutique10.04.2022
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Honored by Benchmark Litigation as a National Tier 1 Firm and Top Boutique10.06.2021
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Named a National Tier 1 Firm for Commercial Litigation and a Top Boutique by Benchmark Litigation10.01.2020
- Dorit Ungar Black and Blair Kaminsky to Present at 2019 Women in Legal & Corporate Leadership Summit11.07.2019
- Firm Again Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Top 10 Boutique and a Highly Recommended Commercial Litigation Firm in New York09.26.2019
- Avi Israeli and Blair Kaminsky Recognized on Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Inaugural Rising Stars Shortlist08.16.2018
- Profiles in Diversity Journal Names Eileen Monaghan DeLucia, Karen Sebaski, and Jayme Jonat to 2018 Women Worth Watching List07.19.2018
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Partner Blair Kaminsky Selected to The American Lawyer’s First-Ever Young Lawyer Editorial Board02.27.2018
- Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Holwell Shuster & Goldberg as a Top Boutique and a Highly Recommended Firm for Commercial Litigation10.11.2017
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Marks Fifth Anniversary with Major Financial Commitment to Pro Bono Partner Her Justice04.26.2017
- Dorit Ungar Black and Blair E. Kaminsky Named to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching List10.14.2016
- Note, “The Principles for User Generated Content Services: A Middle-Ground Approach to Cyber-Governance,” 121 Harvard Law Review 1387 (2008)
- Comment, Nat’l Ass’n of Home Builders v. Defenders of Wildlife, 121 Harvard Law Review 405 (2007)
- Recent Case, Mac Wade v. Kelly, 460 F. 3d 260 (2nd Cir. 2006), 120 Harvard Law Review 635 (2006)
- Hon. Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2008 – 2009
Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008; Supervising Editor, Harvard Law Review)
University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude, 2005)
Bar and Court Admissions
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York