Ellen Paltiel is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an Intern to the Honorable David G. Trager of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Her practice includes commercial and securities litigation, white collar defense, and regulatory enforcement matters. Ellen formerly practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton and also served as an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where she taught libel law. She co-authored the book “Reporter’s Privilege,” as well as numerous articles on various First Amendment issues. Ellen was named one of New York’s Super Lawyers in 2020. She speaks French.

Ellen Paltiel is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an Intern to the…


Columbia Law School (J.D. 1995), Indiana University (M.M. 1989); McGill University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1983)

Bar Admissions

New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Activities and Affiliations

Member, New York City Bar Association

Representative Securities and Regulatory Enforcement Matters

Representation of chief financial officer of largest division of Fortune 20 pharmaceuticals company in Department of Justice and SEC investigations and class actions securities litigation relating to accounting fraud allegations.

Advising a Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of a Fortune 500 software manufacturer on derivative claims brought in the name of the client corporation.

Negotiated advantageous consent agreement for large financial institution in an SEC proceeding regarding supervision and oversight of trading activities.

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Representative First Amendment Matters

Regularly provides defamation counseling to plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of matters, including film, print, and broadcast media.

Regularly advises clients on post-publication strategies to address inaccurate or misleading publications.

Represented public figure defamed in another public figure’s fictionalized memoir.

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Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce that 35 of the firm's New York and Washington D.C.­based attorneys have been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers List across a wide range of practice areas. C&G co-­founder Mark S Cohen and partners Jonathan S Abernethy and Daniel H Tabak have also been named to the Super Lawyers list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg has been recognized as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.