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Edward M. Spiro is a civil litigator with many years of experience handling complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts, and in arbitrations, for individual and corporate clients. Ed has represented clients in diverse matters, including:
• a CEO in successfully trying to verdict a directors and officers insurance coverage dispute, upheld on appeal before the Second Circuit;
• a Fortune 50 company, as plaintiff, in a series of civil antitrust cases arising from a bid-rigging scheme;
• a major outdoor advertising company in constitutional, contract, and other matters;
• the rock group, Guns N’ Roses, in a copyright and unfair competition action; and
• institutional and individual clients in a wide variety of tax, real estate, partnership, and employment litigation.
Ed has extensive experience defending civil litigation related to concurrent governmental investigations or prosecutions, including class actions, derivative cases, and other complex matters involving the securities and antitrust laws. He has represented corporate officers in litigation relating to the Sumitomo copper scandal, Global Crossing, Ltd., and options backdating. Ed has also represented officers and directors of two major pharmaceutical companies in derivative and class action litigation. He is currently representing individuals in Madoff-related civil litigation and a major financial institution in litigation concerning collateralized debt obligations. Ed represents law firms and accounting firms in a variety of contexts, including on partnership issues and matters of professional responsibility and liability. He has served as an expert in the areas of legal ethics and standards of care.
He is recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys in the area of General Commercial Litigation. Ed is also recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Securities: Shareholder Litigation and is regularly listed in Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers.
Ed is co-author of Civil Practice in the Southern District of New York, 2d Ed. (Thomson Reuters 2015), a two-volume treatise updated annually, and co-author of a regular New York Law Journal column on civil practice in the Southern District of New York. He has lectured on professional ethics for the Practicing Law Institute and for the past several years chaired a New York City Bar Association CLE program entitled “Ethics, Discipline and Real World Obligations.”
He is a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department. Ed is a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association. He is a former director of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and former Chair of its Committee on Professional Discipline. Ed is a former Chair of the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York City Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation and Criminal Justice Sections), the New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section), and the Federal Bar Council. In addition, Ed is a trustee of the State University of New York and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.