Albany, New York 12207
Mr. Hallak is senior counsel to the firm in the Business and Commercial Litigation, Government Compliance and Investigations, and Appellate Practice Groups. He also serves on the Financial Institutions and Capital Markets, and the Energy Industry Teams. He has handled a wide range of commercial litigation matters and arbitrations, including high-profile banking litigation, life insurance litigation, interpleader actions, class-actions, business disputes and business torts, construction litigation, collections, contested foreclosures, and commercial landlord/tenant disputes. Previously, Mr. Hallak was a partner at a large national firm where he supervised a team of litigation associates on commercial litigation matters and was a member of that firm’s E-Discovery Practice Group. He has been involved in significant and complex e-discovery issues, including strategy, data preservation, data collection, processing, review and production.
His representative matters include:
Successfully resolved aiding and abetting and fraudulent transfer claims following highly publicized three-week part bench/part jury trail brought against a large financial institution by receiver appointed in SEC enforcement action arising from $68 million Ponzi scheme targeting Haitian-American community.
Obtained dismissal and summary judgment of aiding and abetting, negligence, and unjust enrichment claims in excess of $44 million against a large financial institution brought by Bankruptcy Trustee and class of European investors arising from massive Ponzi scheme perpetuated by “German Bernie Madoff.”
Obtained dismissal with prejudice of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and conspiracy claims brought against a large financial institution by putative class of investors in an alleged Ponzi scheme seeking treble damages in excess of $200 million.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of large financial institution on negligence and unjust enrichment claims brought by large architectural and engineering company based upon employee embezzlement by company officers in excess of $40 million.
|Areas of Practice||1) Appellate, 2) Business and Commercial Litigation, 3) Energy, 4) Financial Institutions and Capital Markets and 5) Government Compliance and Investigations|
|Law School||University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.,2004)|
|Education||University of Florida (B.A.,2000)|
|Bar Member / Association||Virginia State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association,Florida State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Harris Beach PLLC|
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