Holwell Shuster & Goldberg is a litigation boutique specializing in complex commercial cases, with a particular focus on sophisticated financial, securities, antitrust, intellectual-property and bankruptcy-related disputes. The firm strives to provide the highest level of service by furnishing unparalleled judgment and offering fee arrangements that ensure complete alignment of interests between the firm and its clients.
HSG was founded in 2012 by The Hon. Richard J. Holwell, who served as a highly respected federal judge in the Southern District of New York, and his former partners and colleagues from White & Case: Michael S. Shuster (who was global head of commercial litigation at White & Case), Daniel P. Goldberg, and Dorit Ungar Black.
HSG now is nearly 50 lawyers strong, with the experience, expertise, and depth to handle the most complex commercial disputes in courts, arbitral tribunals, and administrative agencies across the country. The firm also has been engaged to handle sensitive internal investigations requiring the judgment and discretion of seasoned lawyers coupled with the insights of a former federal judge. Our ranks include lawyers who have held prestigious clerkships at all levels of the federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court, served as editors of the nation’s top law journals, and began their law careers at leading firms, including Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
The firm is an ideal partner for any client with high-stakes matters pending in any of the nation’s courts or in any arbitral or regulatory forum, as well as for law firms unable to take on particular matters due to professional conflicts.
The firm’s lawyers have been at the forefront of antitrust litigation since the late 1970s, counseling clients on the most difficult antitrust issues under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act (involving both civil and criminal liability), Section 7 of the Clayton Act, and the Robinson Patman Act. The firm has represented clients in antitrust matters before federal district and circuit courts, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the European Commission, and other fora.
Key clients include: Visa Inc.
With the benefit of Judge Holwell’s first-hand experience both as a district judge and designated circuit judge, as well as the insight offered by Daniel Sullivan who served as a law clerk to the Honorable Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and before that clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the firm brings to the appellate process a unique understanding of how judges approach decision-making. The firm’s representation of clients in appellate proceedings combines sophisticated legal analysis with a concise, pragmatic presentation of the record on appeal.
Key clients include: Çukurova Holding A.S., HSBC, the heirs to the Herzog art collection.
HSG’s lawyers represent clients in the United States and abroad in arbitrations under the rules of the AAA, ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, FIDIC, and LCIA as well as under various ad hoc arrangements. They have also represented clients in numerous high-stakes mediations. Two of the founding partners, each with a working knowledge of French, have civil law and common law degrees. Additionally, Judge Holwell serves as an arbitrator and mediator in appropriate matters.
Key clients include: Camulos Capital, ECP MENA Growth Fund, LLC, ECP MENA Management LP.
HSG handles confirmation hearings, adversary proceedings of various types, disclosure statement disputes, inter-creditor disputes, valuation fights, Rule 2004 discovery, and various other bankruptcy litigation matters.
Key clients include: AP Services LLP, Peter Yip.
Complex Commercial Litigation
HSG’s lawyers have the ability and experience to represent or be adverse to large financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, public and private corporations, and high net worth individuals in disputes involving the capital markets, complex financial instruments and arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and officer fiduciary obligations, bankruptcies and insolvencies, positions in distressed debt, real estate financings and leasing arrangements, insurance coverage claims, and complex contracts of every variety. They have broad experience in cross-border discovery, electronic discovery, and issues involving overlapping liability and exposures across multiple jurisdictions and legal systems. In addition, Judge Holwell’s judicial experience affords clients and their Boards of Directors singular insight and judgment into strategies for successfully prosecuting, defending, or resolving complex, sensitive matters.
Key clients include: Visa Inc., HSBC, U.S. Bank, Freddie Mac, Bank of New York Mellon.
Distressed Debt & Fund Litigation
The firm’s lawyers are active in litigations representing or on behalf of holders of varied debt instruments, as well as related disputes involving hedge and private equity funds. HSG’s lawyers have appeared in federal and state courts throughout the country on these matters, including in bankruptcy and Delaware Chancery Court proceedings. The firm’s understanding of how funds operate allows it to most effectively protect and advance clients’ interests, whether in hard-fought litigation or negotiated work outs.
Key clients include: Caspian Capital, Camulos Capital, Perry Capital.
HSG’s intellectual property group represents clients initiating or defending high-stakes litigation involving patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, and other forms of intellectual property. HSG’s lawyers, including in particular John DiMatteo, are active in patent litigation in the telecommunications, microprocessor, automobile, large molecule biologics, medical device, and broadcast industries.
Key clients include: NXP Semiconductors, Cowen and Company, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Microban, Hilite International, Unilin B.V.
HSG’s lawyers have a long history of providing pro bono representation in matters ranging from classwide civil rights litigation to habeas corpus petitions, including commercial, immigration, and domestic relation matters on behalf of indigent plaintiffs.
HSG’s lawyers represent clients in the most complex and challenging securities lawsuits, including one of the few securities class actions to proceed to a defendants’ verdict. Their experience runs the gamut of securities law issues under the 1933 Act, the ’34 Act, the Investment Companies Act, and criminal statutes. Led by founding partners Michael Shuster and Daniel Goldberg, HSG is in the forefront of litigation relating to securities affected by the mortgage crisis.
Key clients include: HSBC, U.S. Bank, Freddie Mac.
White Collar Criminal & Internal Investigations
Judge Holwell brings to bear his judicial experience in high-profile criminal cases to the firm’s extensive, collective experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporations, financial institutions, or their boards, and advising independent and special committees faced with sensitive matters. Key clients include: Promontory Financial Group