Gary P. Naftalis

Gary P. Naftalis is one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers and pre-eminent litigators. Mr. Naftalis represents corporations, as well as officers, directors and significant individuals, in all phases of complex high-stakes civil, criminal and regulatory matters. His work on behalf of these clients spans more than four decades and includes many sensitive and high-profile matters, including governmental and regulatory inquiries and related civil litigation involving allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, accounting irregularities, stock options backdating and other financial fraud. Mr. Naftalis has also served as counsel to audit and special committees of a number of major public companies in connection with regulatory issues.
Mr. Naftalis’ most notable work on behalf of clients includes his successful defense of Michael Eisner, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, in the shareholder derivative lawsuit related to the hiring and termination of Michael Ovitz. After a 37-day trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Mr. Eisner and the other Disney directors prevailed on all counts. The National Law Journal chose the Disney decision as one of the top defense wins of that year. Mr. Naftalis also successfully secured dismissal for Kenneth Langone, former chair of the New York Stock Exchange Compensation Committee, of all charges brought against him by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer relating to the compensation of NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso. Following a decision by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court directing dismissal of the lawsuit, the attorney general announced he would not appeal and dropped the case.

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Job Types Partner
Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) White Collar Defense and Investigations, 3) Securities and Shareholder Litigation, 4) Appellate and Constitutional Litigation, 5) International Dispute Resolution, 6) Commercial Litigation and 7) Insurance Litigation
Law School Columbia Law School, LL.B.
Education Brown University, M.A.
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-naftalis/11/3a7/52a
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