Nathaniel Read is a skilled advocate with significant trial experience in federal and state courts and international and U.S. arbitration forums.  Clients seek Nate’s expertise on all types of business disputes, particularly those involving securities, contracts, business torts, trademark and unfair competition, employment, and real estate.  He has also defended many products liability, mislabeling, antitrust, and other class actions for consumer products companies, telecommunications and other technology businesses, and major retailers.  Nate has advised clients in Brazil, France, Israel, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the UK regarding U.S. and international disputes, and has substantial acumen gathering evidence outside of the U.S.  In addition, Nate has extensive experience representing both companies and individuals in white collar criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement matters.

The Legal 500 U.S. guide has repeatedly recommended Nate for both commercial litigation and securities litigation, where he has been described as a “skilled tactician” who “rolls his sleeves up and gets fully involved while keeping his eye firmly on the bigger picture.”  Nate has also been named a New York Super Lawyer for Business Litigation each year beginning in 2016.

Nate graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Florence Allen Scholar.  He received his B.A. in theatre studies from Swarthmore College.  Before joining the firm, Nate practiced in the New York offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Nate is Co-Chair of Cohen & Gresser’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  He is proficient in Spanish.

Nathaniel Read is a skilled advocate with significant trial experience in federal and state courts and international and U.S. arbitration forums.  Clients seek Nate’s…

Education

New York University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2001); Swarthmore College (B.A. 1995)

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

Member, American Bar Association (Litigation and Criminal Justice Sections)

Member, New York City Bar Association (Federal Courts Committee and Litigation Committee)

Member, Federal Bar Council

Commercial Litigation

Obtained complete victory for a premiere beauty and fragrance company through a consent judgment agreed during trial in trademark and unfair competition action arising from the sale of counterfeit and defaced goods.

Represented Fortune Global 500 electronics manufacturing and services firm in bench trial of breach of contract claims against airplane dealer. Court ruled for Plaintiff (our client), finding two defense witnesses not credible and awarding all damages sought.

Defending major multinational retailer in a consumer class action alleging misrepresentations on product labels.

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Securities Litigation

Defending a Brazilian mining company in a federal securities class action alleging that the trading prices of the company’s bonds were inflated due to misrepresentations of environmental risks.

Defending an investment management company in suit alleging securities and professional malpractice claims in connection with investments of deferred compensation in an estate enhancement product funded by split-dollar variable life insurance.

Represented a major financial institution in class certification discovery in connection with a $1.2 billion class action litigation, ultimately obtaining summary judgment on behalf of client.

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White Collar Defense

Represent former CFO of a multinational insurance provider in an SEC investigation relating to the company’s accounting practices.

Represent former Chief Accounting Officer of a publicly-traded real estate investment trust in a purported class action asserting securities fraud related to alleged “income smoothing” as well as in related SEC and DOJ investigations.

Represented individual in public-integrity investigation, avoiding any charges.

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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.”

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.

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.

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.  

Law360 covers U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s partially granted motion to dismiss LBF Travel Inc.’s suit against defendants Fareportal Inc. and WK Travel Inc., who are represented by C&G partner, Nathaniel P.T. Read, and associates Joyce E. Kung and Mina S. Reiman. 

This article addresses Amazon’s recent launch of Amazon Giveaways, a self-service sweepstakes promotion tool that will likely result in thousands of sweepstakes that are subject to an identical set of terms and conditions.  The article explains how this flood of sweepstakes is likely to shift perceptions of what constitutes a lawful sweepstakes in the social media age, particularly in terms of acceptable methods of entry, such as requiring participants to follow the sponsor on Twitter.

Recent precedents constructing "notice" provisions in employment agreements suggest that quitting is not so simple. Such provisions have recently come to the fore as potential mechanisms for employers to place limits on competition by departing employees.

This alert examines how counsel for non-party individuals or entities subject to arbitration subpoenas can protect their clients.

This article seeks to manage the expectations of senior executives, companies, and their counsel in light of the recent wave of lawsuits and criminal investigations of the officers and directors of failed banks as well as those who did business with them.