Edwin M. Larkin is an experienced commercial litigator with a focus on complex commercial litigation matters. He represents clients in the insurance, financial services, advertising, consumer products, retail sales, manufacturing, professional services and entertainment industries. He has handled a variety of high profile matters in a wide range of areas including securities fraud, antitrust, RICO, consumer class action defense, advertising and marketing, products liability, breach of fiduciary duty and business disputes in state and federal courts in New York and in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Larkin has conducted numerous jury and bench trials in a number of jurisdictions. He has also handled several arbitrations and mediations.
Mr. Larkin has also developed a strong expertise in electronic discovery. With over 15 years of experience in matters involving electronic discovery issues, he is among the country's most experienced electronic discovery practitioners. Mr. Larkin's practice in the area of electronic discovery includes assisting case teams with the identification, collection, processing and review of electronically stored data. He has worked with most of the major e-discovery vendors and is very familiar with all of the leading e-discovery technologies, including predictive coding systems and other technology assisted review platforms. He routinely is asked to provide e-discovery technology recommendations to clients or case teams. Mr. Larkin also works proactively with clients on developing policies and procedures to deal with anticipated litigation associated with e-discovery issues including electronic document policies and protocols, privacy policies and privacy compliance, litigation hold policies and procedures, and the preservation and the collection of electronically stored information with particular attention to the changing data landscape in areas such as Big Data, Cloud based data and data analytics that are becoming an increasing focus in litigation and governmental investigations.
•On behalf of a large national insurance broker, Mr. Larkin led the team that conducted an internal investigation in response to a probe launched by then New York State Attorney into compensation practices and alleged bid-rigging within the brokerage industry. He represented the same client in the lengthy In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, a multi-district litigation, pending in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, in which class plaintiffs asserted violations of the Sherman Act and the RICO statute. Mr. Larkin assisted the client in negotiating a favorable settlement which was approved by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
•Mr. Larkin represented a large business aircraft reseller in a trial over an alleged breach of contract arising out of a disputed payment of Canadian sales tax on the purchase of a corporate aircraft.
•On behalf of an internet marketing company, Mr. Larkin negotiated the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission alleging false advertising.
•Mr. Larkin also represented a leading consulting firm being sued in a class action filed in Arkansas state court asserting fraud and state RICO violations for alleged billing improprieties relating to travel expenses. After motions to dismiss and class certification were filed, Mr. Larkin negotiated a very favorable settlement for his client.
•Mr. Larkin obtained a favorable jury verdict for the same client in a breach of contract action arising out of the implementation of proprietary business software.
•Mr. Larkin represented a major consumer products company in a civil racketeering case brought by the federal government.
•Mr. Larkin has also represented the same client in products liability trials arising out of the use of their products.
•Mr. Larkin represented a group of private equity funds in a securities fraud case arising out of their investment in a Chinese company through a reverse merger.
•On behalf of a large vision ware manufacturer and retailer, Mr. Larkin created a complete litigation readiness program which included preparing a data map, establishing policies and protocols and preparing witnesses for potential litigation.
•Mr. Larkin is assisting a major insurance broker with updating and implementing its document retention program in the U.S. and abroad and with implementing an electronic records management policy on a company-wide basis.
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to joining Edwards Wildman, Mr. Larkin was at Venable, where he was a partner in the Litigation Department. Previously, he spent 13 years with Winston & Strawn, serving as the firm's east coast chairperson of the e-Discovery and Electronic Information practice group.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Ed is an active pilot who flies whenever he can. He is also an avid golfer, ice hockey player and recreational boater.