Robert M. Abrahams

Co-Chair, Litigation Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Robert M. Abrahams

Robert M. Abrahams

Co-Chair, Litigation Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

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Robert M. Abrahams concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, including securities, real estate, employment, derivative actions, trusts and estates, partnership disputes, defending claims against lawyers and law firms, and director and officer liability matters. Bob’s many significant representations include a major interdealer broker in numerous regulatory investigations, arbitrations and civil litigations, including a five-month jury trial and related FINRA arbitration in which our clients recovered in excess of $140 million; 173 former Dewey LeBoeuf partners in the successful defense of a $200-million claim; one of the largest law firms in the world in a $100-million malpractice suit; and his recent successful defense at trial of a $500-million derivative action. Bob has tried more than 100 civil cases and arbitrations.

Listed in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (“National Star” in securities litigation), Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 US, New York Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World and rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, Bob is a longstanding member of the Trial Practice Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and has served on the Trial Practice and Real Property Sections of the New York State Bar Association. Bob is a New York Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He recently served as an arbitrator appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce. Bob is the author of the “Commercial Real Estate” chapter of Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts (Thomson Reuters, 2010-2016) and the “Document Discovery” chapter of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Thomson Reuters and the New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2011-2015). He received his B.A. from Hobart College and his J.D., with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Hofstra Law Review.

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Robert M. Abrahams
Co-Chair, Litigation Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Education
JD with Distinction
Class of 1976

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located in Hempstead, New York. Founded in 1970 and accredited by the ABA in 1971, the school offers a JD, a joint JD/MBA degree, and LL.M degrees in American Law (for foreign law graduates) and Family law. Hofstra Law School is located on the southern portion of the 240-acre (0.97 km2) Hofstra University campus, in Hempstead, New York. The school was renamed to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in September 2011.

BA
Class of 1969

HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES HAVE A MISSION OF PROVIDING A STUDENT-CENTERED RESIDENTIAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT GROUNDED IN THE VALUES OF EQUITY AND SERVICE.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Fellow
Current

Established in the summer of 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization that receives charitable contributions from individuals, law firms, corporations or other entities and provides grants to further its goals of promoting and advancing the following: • Service to the public • Improvements in the administration of justice • Legal research and education • High standards of professional ethics • Public understanding of legal heritage The Foundation makes grants to financially support law-related programs of legal services organizations, nonprofits, bar associations and other organizations throughout New York State. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors that includes distinguished lawyers from across the State of New York including five officers, 25 directors and 2 ex officio directors (the Chair and Vice Chair of The Fellows of The New York Bar Foundation). The Foundation membership consists of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.

Career History
Co-Chair, Litigation Group
Current

Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is a multidisciplinary firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. As one of the leading law firms serving the financial services sector, SRZ regularly advises clients on investment management, corporate and transactional matters, as well as providing counsel on securities regulatory compliance, enforcement and investigative issues. They are a full-service firm with 14 practice groups whose combined legal expertise and business acumen provide a diverse client base with top-notch representation and service. They strive to build and maintain long-term relationships with clients by placing a premium on client service. To address every aspect of a client's business, it is not unusual for attorneys from multiple practice groups to be brought in on a matter.Their client roster includes a large and impressive array of institutional, entrepreneurial and individual clients, including public and private companies, investment banks, hedge and private equity funds, domestic money centers and foreign commercial banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, private investment partnerships, venture capitalists and pension funds. Their handling of widely recognized deals, including the sale of Chrysler Financial to TD Bank Group and the acquisition of Caritas Christi Health Care System-all extremely complex matters involving multitudes of lawyers working across practice areas-speak to their wide-ranging capabilities, from domestic and cross-border acquisitions to high-stakes litigations, multilayered financings, high-profile real estate deals, debt restructurings, and estate and trust administration, to name a few of the matters for which clients seek their services.

Attorney
1976 - 1980

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$500
2014

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Independent State of Samoa at United States Department of State

$1,000
2013

Senator at Office of the Senator from Michigan, Gary Peters

$250
2012

Director of the Census at City of New York (New York)

Awards & Honors
2003
Court Admission: US Tax Court
1984
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
1980
Court Admission: US Supreme Court
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