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…
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1986; Executive Note Editor, Michigan Law Review); Columbia University (B.A. 1982)
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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:
- Kwaku Andoh, Partner: Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board
- Karen H Bromberg, Partner: Cybersecurity & Privacy Editorial Advisory Board
- Lawrence T Gresser, Managing Partner: Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board
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.
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.
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.
Law360's coverage of Cohen & Gresser's newest partner, Steve Sinaiko.
Goldman Escapes MBS Class Action Over Lack Of Evidence.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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