Gale Dick’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and litigation, U.S. and cross-border corporate investigations, white collar criminal and enforcement matters, and securities litigation and arbitration.  His clients have included domestic and multinational corporations in the financial services, media, manufacturing, engineering, construction, health care, and consumer products sectors; boards of directors and audit committees; individuals; governmental and quasi-governmental entities; and law firms and other professional service providers. Gale has also represented clients in matters involving intellectual property, defamation, and related First Amendment issues. Gale has been recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide in its coverage for corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and commercial litigation. He was also named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for business litigation in 2018 and 2019.

Gale is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, and was formerly a Teaching Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he focused on media law issues.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and a former Managing Editor of the World Arbitration & Mediation Report and the American Review of International Arbitration. He has published widely on international arbitration, FCPA enforcement, and corporate investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Gale practiced for ten years at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  He also served as a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Gale Dick’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and litigation, U.S. and cross-border corporate investigations, white collar criminal and enforcement matters, and securities litigation…

Education

Columbia Law School (J.D. 1998); University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., with honors, 1986)

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 (International Commercial Disputes Committee)

Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration

White Collar Defense

Represented the Audit Committee of Siemens AG in groundbreaking global investigation of possible FCPA violations and follow-on SEC and DOJ proceedings.

Internal investigation for a leading financial institution of mispricing of subprime securities, and follow-on regulatory investigations and employment actions.

Conducted internal investigation for a leading financial institution relating to alleged mispricing of subprime securities, and follow-on regulatory investigations and employment actions.

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International Arbitration

Represented major East Asian consumer electronics manufacturer in international arbitration of contract and intellectual property dispute with Chinese software provider.

Represented Japanese consortium in complex international arbitration involving novel issues of asset valuation and international law relating to Brazilian mining company, with claims of up to $1 billion.

Represented Brazilian environmental services company in international arbitration against Japanese utility company in dispute over contract relating to carbon-emission credits.

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Securities Litigation & Arbitration

Represented major financial institution in several class action litigations relating to mortgage-backed securities.

Obtained dismissal of putative fraud claims relating to LIBOR rate manipulation for two of the world’s largest banks.

Represented claimants in eight-week FINRA arbitration of claims of more than $280 million related to complex structured securities.

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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.”

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.

A Cohen & Gresser litigation team led by Mark S Cohen and Jonathan S Abernethy recently won a major victory in a high profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case on behalf of client, Vanja Baros, a former investment analyst with hedge fund Och-Ziff (one of the world’s largest publicly traded hedge funds). In July, a federal court in New York dismissed the SEC’s entire complaint against Baros and his co-defendant, and the SEC recently declined to appeal the court’s decision, which is therefore final.

Global Investigations Review (GIR) has nominated Cohen & Gresser for its Most Important Court Case of the Year award for C&G’s major victory in a high profile FCPA case on behalf of a former investment analyst with international hedge fund Och-Ziff. A federal court in New York dismissed the SEC’s entire complaint against our client and his co-defendant, and the SEC declined to appeal. Mark S Cohen and Jonathan S Abernethy led the C&G team, which also included S Gale Dick, Colin C Bridge, and Reggie B Schafer. 

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.

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.

Legal 500 has recognized Cohen & Gresser for its achievements in securities litigation and white collar criminal defense in its recently released 2016 U.S. guide. The guide notes C&G's "outstanding" white collar defense group and its "seasoned securities professionals who are smart, aggressive, and yet user-friendly."

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. 

Jonathan S Abernethy, S Gale Dick, and Christian R Everdell authored an article titled “The Department of Justice’s new ‘piling on’ policy” for the International Bar Association’s October 2018 Criminal Law and Business Crime Newsletter.

This article first appeared on the website of the Criminal Law Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association.

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 court decisions concerning the interplay of the FCPA and personal jurisdiction over foreign nationals provide guidance for corporate counsel on FCPA risks. The bottomline—adopt, maintain, and continually update robust compliance and training programs throughout the organization, set the proper tone at management levels throughout the company, and, as appropriate, insist that third party intermediaries with whom the company works follow those same policies.

The Guide addresses several key issues arising from the FCPA on which multinationals have long sought guidance, including (i) the elements of an effective anti-corruption compliance program; (ii) gifts and entertainment expenses; (iii) facilitating payments; (iv) the FCPA's broad definition of "foreign official"; (v) successor liability when a company merges with or acquires another company that has committed acts of bribery; and (vi) FCPA jurisdiction over foreign companies that do not trade on U.S. exchanges.

Examining how FCPA whistleblowers have been incentivized and the impacts this rewards structure may have on ‘business as usual’.

 

A conference organized in partnership by Sorbonne University and C&G in relation to the French anti-corruption law, Loi Sapin II
 
Discussion topics include: 
  • Genesis of the law
  • Apprehending the risks in a company
  • Deployment of compliance programs within a company
  • Protection of whistleblowers
  • The new mechanism of transaction (differed prosecution agreement)
  • The monitoring process
  • Final remarks by the vice president of the Assemblée Nationale.

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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.