Lawrence T Gresser is the Managing Partner of the firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Larry’s practice focuses on advising clients on complex commercial matters, including international litigation and arbitration, securities law, real estate litigation, partnership and LLC law, executive compensation, and private equity transactions. He serves as outside general counsel to a number of private companies and private equity funds.

Larry is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Order of the Coif and was an Executive Note Editor of the Law Review.  Following graduation, Larry served as a Law Clerk to Honorable William C. Canby, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

Larry has been recognized by Chambers USA in the general commercial litigation category and by Legal 500 U.S. in the securities litigation and commercial litigation categories. He has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for business litigation each year since 2007, and was twice selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area. Larry has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star for New York. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Lawrence T Gresser is the Managing Partner of the firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Larry’s practice focuses on advising clients on complex commercial…

Education

University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1986; Executive Note Editor, Michigan Law Review); Columbia University (B.A. 1982)

Bar Admissions

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

Activities and Affiliations

Past Chairman of the Board of Directors, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Co-Chair, English-American Litigation Forum 2018 and 2019 Steering Committees

Member, Forum on Defense Class Action 2017 Steering Committee

Member, New York City Bar Association

Member, Law360’s Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board

Member, Federal Bar Council (Program Committee and Winter Bench and Bar Committee)

Member, American Bar Association

Member, International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee, Corporate and M&A Law Committee, Litigation Committee, Law Firm Management Committee)

Trustee, Citizens Budget Commission

Litigation

Represent leading U.S. broker-dealer in multiple securities litigation and arbitration matters, including class action litigation arising from offering of mortgage pass-through certificates.

Defended a major Houston-based oil and gas production and marketing company in litigation in the Southern District of New York alleging breach of contract, fraud, and conversion in connection with a series of complex oil and gas financing transaction.  Case dismissed in its entirety.

Defended leading Korean technology company in major international arbitration under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.  Representation led to selection as principal outside U.S. counsel to client, including defense of client in major patent litigations and class action product defect cases.

Regularly represent financial advisors employed by major financial institution in litigation and arbitrations.

Successfully represented clients in over 100 mediations to resolve contract disputes, partnership disputes, and products liability cases.

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Corporate

Serve as principal outside counsel to international private equity fund specializing in commodities-related transactions.

Serve as principal outside counsel to technology-focused venture capital fund.

Serve as principal outside counsel to several companies in the technology sector.

Represented substantial private medical group in sale of practice to public company.

Served as principal outside counsel to European venture capital fund and handled range of legal and business matters, including fund formation, selection and management of portfolio companies, sale of portfolio companies, and other general fund matters.

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We are pleased to announce that 33 of our New York and Washington D.C.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also selected C&G co-founder Mark S Cohen and partners Jonathan S Abernethy and Daniel H Tabak to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg to its list of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.

Legal 500 has once again recognized Cohen & Gresser in its United States guide. The firm is recognized for its excellence in the following categories:

  • Corporate Investigations/White Collar
  • Corporate Investigations/White Collar – Advice to Individuals
  • General Commercial Disputes
  • Securities Litigation Defense

Legal 500 notes that C&G has “impressive cross border capabilities and is often retained by clients in multijurisdictional disputes” and that our disputes team members are “true litigators, focused, and thoughtful - no stone is left unturned.”

For the seventh consecutive year, Cohen & Gresser has been ranked as a recommended New York law firm by Benchmark Litigation. In addition to the firm’s ranking, Mark S Cohen, Lawrence T Gresser, and Daniel H Tabak were all individually recognized in the publication’s 2019 guide.

We are pleased to announce that thirty of our New York and Washington, D.C.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also selected C&G co-founders Mark S Cohen and Lawrence T Gresser to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald as two of its top 50 women lawyers in New York. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.

Legal 500 has once again recognized Cohen & Gresser in its United States guide. The firm is recognized for its achievements in the following categories:

  • Corporate Investigations/White Collar – Advice to Corporates
  • Corporate Investigations/White Collar – Advice to Individuals
  • General Commercial Disputes
  • Securities Litigation Defense

Legal 500 notes that C&G has “an excellent group of sophisticated lawyers” and "has the ability to explain complex structures in plain English.” Nine C&G partners were individually recognized in the guide.

This year, three C&G attorneys were named as Law360 Editorial Advisory Board members:

Each year, Law360 selects a small group of practitioners from across the country for each of its practice areas and industries to aid in shaping the publication’s editorial content for the following year. 

C&G co-founders Mark S Cohen, JD '87 and Lawrence T Gresser, JD '86 have established the Cohen & Gresser Scholarship Fund at their alma mater, the University of Michigan Law School. The merit scholarship will support students enrolled in law school at the University of Michigan.

For the sixth consecutive year, Cohen & Gresser has been ranked as a recommended New York law firm by Benchmark Litigation. In addition to the firm’s ranking, partners Mark S Cohen, Lawrence T Gresser, and Daniel H Tabak were all individually recognized in the publication’s 2018 guide. 

Twenty-eight of our New York and Washington D.C.-based Cohen & Gresser attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also named C&G co-founding partner Mark S Cohen to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald to its top 50 women lawyers in New York list. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.

Chambers USA and Legal 500's United States guides have recognized Cohen & Gresser and a number of the firm's lawyers for outstanding achievements during the past year in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Patents, and Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense.

For the fifth consecutive year, Cohen & Gresser has been ranked as a recommended New York law firm by Benchmark Litigation.  In addition to the firm’s ranking, partners Mark S Cohen, Lawrence T Gresser, and Karen H Bromberg were all individually recognized in the publication’s 2017 guide. Benchmark Litigation is the only publication that focuses exclusively on U.S. litigation.

We are pleased to announce that twenty-two of our U.S.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also named C&G co-founding partners Mark S Cohen and Lawrence T Gresser to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg to both its list of top 50 women lawyers and top 100 lawyers in this region. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.
Legal 500 United States ranked Cohen & Gresser for its achievements in securities litigation and white collar criminal defense in its recently released 2016 U.S. guide. The guide notes Cohen & Gresser's "outstanding" white collar defense group and its "seasoned securities professionals who are smart, aggressive, and yet user-friendly." 

We are pleased to announce that the firm and four of its partners are recognized in the 2016 Chambers USA legal directoryThis year's directory recognizes the firm in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Securities Litigation, and Patents. Read more

Law360's coverage of Cohen & Gresser's newest partner, Steve Sinaiko. 

A recent edition of Law360 reported on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling which states that laws hostile to class action waivers cannot circumvent the Federal Arbitration Act. In this article, Larry Gresser weighs in on the significance of the decision.
We are pleased to announce that twenty-two of our New York-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in New York receive this honor.

The Legal 500 United States ranked Cohen & Gresser for its achievements in securities litigation in its recently released 2015 guide.  The guide notes Cohen & Gresser’s “extraordinary team of attorneys, who present cases in the best and most efficient manner practicable.”  Partners Mark S. Cohen, Lawrence T Gresser, S Gale Dick, C Evan Stewart, and Daniel H Tabak were also noted as “impressive” attorneys in this field.  The Legal 500 offers nationwide rankings by reviewing the strengths and strategies of law firms across the country.  Founded in 1987, Legalease, publisher of the Legal 500 directories, is a leader in the provision of legal market information, offering authoritative and in-depth analysis and commentary across a broad portfolio of publications, spanning directories, magazines, journals, textbooks, and online. The Legal 500 U.S. 2015 Guide offers nationwide rankings by reviewing the strengths and strategies of law firms across the country. 

Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce that the firm and five of its attorneys are recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, a national ranking guide that recognizes outstanding lawyers and law firms across the United States who are strongly recommended based on in-depth interviews with thousands of lawyers, clients, and industry leaders, with the most weight assigned to client feedback. The final rankings take into account a lawyer's legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment to the profession, among other qualities most valued by clients.

The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), chaired by Lawrence T Gresser, honored Don Liu of Xerox and Carey Dunne of Davis Polk & Wardwell at their 22nd annual Law & Society Awards Luncheon. 

 

Click here to watch a short video about NYLPI’s unique civil rights model and impact in 2014. 

Cohen & Gresser has been ranked as a "Recommended" New York law firm in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation.   In addition to the firm’s ranking, partners Mark S Cohen, Lawrence T Gresser, C Evan Stewart, and Karen H Bromberg were all individually recognized by the publication.  Benchmark Litigation is a leading guide to top litigation firms and attorneys in the United States and bases its rankings on extensive face-to-face interviews around the country over a six-month period with the nation's leading private practice attorneys and in-house counsel. 

On July 1, 2014, Cohen & Gresser’s managing partner Lawrence T Gresser became the Chairman of the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), one of the premier public interest law organizations in the country.  NYLPI (www.nylpi.org) was founded in 1976 to serve the legal needs of underserved, underrepresented New Yorkers and their communities, and has grown into an unparalleled resource for low income communities, particularly in the areas of health justice, disability justice and environmental justice.  NYLPI is a recipient of the New York Times Award for Nonprofit Excellence.

C&G Managing Partner and NYLPI Board member, Lawrence T Gresser, attends the awards ceremony honoring Dechert partner, Hector Gonzalez, for his service as NYLPI's board chairman. 

The Legal 500 United States ranked Cohen & Gresser for its achievements in securities litigation in its recently released 2014 guide. Legal 500 noted that the firm is "young and nimble," naming Mark S Cohen as the leader of a team of "experienced lawyers who work at a more palatable price than competing firms."  Lawrence T Gresser and Daniel H Tabak are also recommended in light of their successful dismissal of a short swing profits case for Goldman Sachs, and C Evan Stewart was highlighted in the report as an "incredible trial lawyer with big case experience."

C&G's managing partner Lawrence T Gresser and other top Manhattan attorneys, weigh in on why the decision in Halliburton Co. et al. v. Erica P. John Fund is significant.

A recent InsideCounsel editorial about the possible Sears data breach cited Lawrence T Gresser and Karen H Bromberg's article "Litigation: Minimizing the Risk of Data Breach Class Actions from Target's Example".

C&G's Managing Partner, Lawrence T Gresser, talks to Law360 about the new Paris office and its lead partner, Johannes Jonas.

Law360's coverage of the recent Second Circuit ruling which affirmed Wednesday that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. won't have to disgorge nearly $2 million in short-swing trade profits of Leap Wireless International Inc. derivatives, finding Goldman wasn't a statutory Leap insider when it purchased the options in question.

The Felix A. Fishman Award for Extraordinary Advocacy honors two individuals yearly for their outstanding contributions to expanding access to justice. Lawrence T. Gresser, the firm's Managing Partner and NYPLI Chairman-elect was in attendance as this year's recipients, Steven Choi and Jonathan Westin, were honored at the New York City Bar.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that courts can't overturn a class arbitration waiver simply because it would cost plaintiffs more to arbitrate the claim than they could possibly recover. Gresser explains, “The other shoe has dropped…The lesson of Justice Scalia's majority opinion in American Express is that class action waivers will be enforced even when the arbitration clause is not customer friendly and the individual plaintiff's cost of arbitrating a claim is certain to exceed the potential recovery."
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that courts cannot second-guess an arbitrator's interpretation of a contract, backing an arbitrator's ruling that a doctor's pursuit of class arbitration against insurer Oxford Health Plans LLC was permitted. Gresser explains why the unanimous ruling is significant noting, “The critical question in Oxford v. Sutter — whether, after Stolt-Nielsen, ... the class action procedure is available in arbitration — was answered in the affirmative."

Gresser emphasizes being organized and offers insightful tips throughout the article. His final word of advice, "Where possible, take apps, not paper," said Gresser. "I download as many documents as possible onto an app called GoodReader on my iPad."

Lawrence T Gresser and Marvin J Lowenthal highlight the ways in which artificial intelligence may affect the law firms of the future in their most recent article for the New York Law Journal.  

This article addresses the lower courts’ application of the Supreme Court’s recent class action securities decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134S.Ct. 2398, 2412 (2014), which permits defendants to rebut fraud-on-the-market reliance at the class certification stage.  The article will also seek to provide securities litigators with the lay of the land post-Halliburton.

Published by Bloomberg BNA, the treatise covers all aspects of the FINRA arbitration process, including prehearing matters, motion practice, hearings, and awards, and also provides a detailed guide to FINRA investigations and enforcement actions. 

The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert on Halliburton’s petition for challenging the Basic v. Levinson precedent on fraud-on-the-market theory.  What are the arguments on both sides of this issue and what will the Court likely hold? This article will explore arguments on both sides of this issue and it's potential impact to certification of securities fraud class actions.
In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to overrule or modify the “fraud-on-the-market” presumption of reliance in 10b-5 securities fraud class actions. The fraud-on-the-market presumption has helped plaintiffs surmount the class certification hurdle for over 25 years, and if it is overruled or modified, class certification in securities fraud cases may become a more challenging — and costly — endeavor.

This fifth article in a series exploring trends in class action law examines the ultimate meaning of Comcast as applied to products class actions.  It concludes that the Supreme Court may simply be waiting for more circuit courts to weigh in on the meaning of Comcast before issuing a clarifying decision.

Employment class actions are disruptive, and at their worst, can be costly PR nightmares. Recent SCOTUS decisions may ultimately reduce the threat of employment class actions — but this hasn’t quite happened yet.

The Target data breach made headlines across the country and resulted in over fifty purported class action suits against the retailer. This is a warning shot over the bow for other companies. Privacy class actions are on the rise.

Regardless of which side ultimately benefits, the Supreme Court's message for antitrust litigants is clear: Class action is an exception to the usual rule.

Recent Supreme Court decisions have made the arbitration clause a potent weapon against class actions in many areas of the law. Certainly in the wake of Concepcion, Italian Colors, and Oxford, businesses should consider including in their contracts specific language regarding arbitration clauses.
It’s a changed world for class action litigation, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court – one in which arbitration agreements are powerful, and class certification may be significantly more difficult to achieve. This article contains practice tips for navigating the new, and still evolving, legal landscape.
The recent comScore decision and others allowing privacy cases to proceed in the absence of actual damages may imply that the legal landscape is changing. In fact, comScore suggests that if a lead plaintiff in a purported privacy class action can overcome the standing hurdle by citing statutory damages, then the class certi­fication hurdle may also be manageable.

A discussion about the erroneous predictions made about the outcomes of this case. Why were they made and how can we learn from these examples?

A discussion on how choosing an office space perfectly suited for your firm’s corporate culture can boost morale, productivity, and most importantly the bottom line.

This alert discusses the importance of oral advocacy in any case and what improvements are needed in order save this method of argument from extinction.

A helpful guide for hedge funds to remain compliant and mitigate risk of investigation, specifically under the heavy hand of recent regulatory legislation.

Lawrence T Gresser led a discussion, titled “Looking Forward,” at the Cambridge Forum on English-American Litigation addressing the growth of litigation funding, expected trends in the business of law, and developments in privacy litigation in the U.S. and U.K. Larry serves as the Co-Chair of the 2019 Steering Committee.

Managing Partner Lawrence T Gresser spoke on an roundtable titled, “Managing Partner Roundtable: Best Practices for Hiring and Retaining Millennials,” which examined how law firms should approach recruiting and retaining the next generation of lawyers. This CLE was a part of the ABA's Law Practice Management Committee Annual Meeting.

C&G co-founder and Managing Partner Lawrence T Gresser led a discussion on “The Business of Law” at the Cambridge Forum on English-American Litigation on June 5, 2018 in Middleburg, Virginia. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Forum’s 2018 Steering Committee.

Lawrence T Gresser spoke at the 2017 Forum on Defense Class Action regarding Rule 12, The Motion to Dismiss. The session covered how the courts have applied Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007) and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937 (2009) at the pleading stage, and reviewed the current status of other defenses that are often raised by defense counsel in motions to dismiss putative class actions.

Lawrence T Gresser participated on a panel titled “Everything You Know Is Wrong: A Strategic Overview of Current Trends in the Two Jurisdictions” at the English-American Litigation Forum. The discussion covered trends and events including Brexit and the election of President Trump and their implications on the business and practice of law.

This presentation focused on discovery and settlement in cross-border litigation in the United States and Western Europe as well as on international commercial arbitration.

This program explored the rules of professional conduct as applied to contract negotiation and performance.

Mortgage-backed securities have played a prominent role in the wave of financial litigation, and claims have raised a complex web of legal questions. This program explored these claims and analyzed the recent trends in some of the most high profile cases to date. Issues explored included: an explanation of the typical structure of an RMBS transaction; more advanced concepts in put-back and monoline litigations such as statistical sampling as a method for proving defaults; issues related to claims stemming from violations of federal and state securities laws; statute of limitations issues; loss-causation standards and recent settlements in the MBS space.

Topics covered included client expectations and priorities and the future of the legal market.