Erik Haas is a member of the firm's litigation department and Co-Chair of the firm's Structured Finance Litigation Team and its False Claims Act and Whistleblower Defense Team. Mr. Haas's practice encompasses a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including the following substantive areas: (i) structured finance and securitizations, (ii) whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and state and federal employment statutes, (iii) shareholder class and derivative actions, (iv) international joint venture disputes, and (v) intellectual property litigation. Mr. Haas joined the firm in 1993 upon his graduation from New York University School of Law where he was presented with American Jurisprudence Awards. Before attending law school, he spent three years with Arthur Andersen & Company, where he focused on structured finance and securitization transactions, and secured his CPA license.
Mr. Haas is recognized by Chambers USA in the area of Litigation: Securities. The guide notes that he received “strong praise for his 'good courtroom manner and terrific client service.' Chambers also quotes a client who comments that Mr. Haas is very client-friendly, and is always willing to take the extra step to work with you and take your thoughts into account. Another client highlighted his very creative approach, and excellent command of the law. The guide says, He is 'effective across the board' in a range of securities and commercial litigation.” Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC's Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys lists Mr. Haas as a Litigation Star for New York.
General Commercial Litigation
Represents major domestic and foreign clients in high-stakes and complex commercial disputes, involving a broad range of substantive matters, from international joint venture disputes to common law fraud claims.
Complex Structured Finance Litigation
Represents financial guarantors and private equity firms in matters against sponsors, originators and servicers of mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, and net interest margin securities. Represents foreign corporations in complex derivative disputes with domestic investment banks.
Shareholder Class and Shareholder Derivative Actions
Defending the Board of Directors of a major corporation in shareholder derivative and class action actions brought in state and federal court.
Pricing and Reimbursement Fraud and False Claims Act Matters
Represents major institutions in connection with investigations and litigations brought under unfair and deceptive act statutes and the False Claims Act arising from allegations of pricing and reimbursement fraud.
Employment Whistleblower Litigation and Investigations
Defense of corporations against whistleblower allegations under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and state and federal employment statutes.
Recently secured a $200 million settlement in an antitrust litigation brought by large pharmaceutical client.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Represents private equity firm in dispute involving domain names and trademark rights. Represented consumer product companies in false advertising, trademark, trade actions brought in federal and state courts. Also recently represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its successful suits against banks and credit card companies involved in deceptive credit card offerings.
Appeals Court Confirms that Results of Internal Investigation are Privileged
FDA Promises Guidance on Lawful Off-Label Promotion
Supreme Court Rejects “Presumption of Prudence” in ESOP Cases
The Impact of the Supreme Court's Recent Halliburton Decision on Securities Litigation
U.S. District Court Rules that Results of Internal Investigations Conducted in the Ordinary Course of Business are Not Privileged and Must be Produced to Whistleblower
Courts Open Door to Computer-Assisted Document Review
In FCA Case, Court Finds Civil Penalties Would be Unconstitutional
Proposed Bill to Allow Private Enforcement of the FCPA
February 28, 2011
Supreme Court To Decide Scope of FCA Public Disclosure Bar
February 2, 2011
Recent Developments in the New York False Claims Act
October 16, 2015
Firm Achieves Top Rankings in New York and Nationwide in Benchmark Litigation 2016 Guide
May 21, 2015
Patterson Belknap Attorneys Increase Recognition in Chambers USA 2015
December 2, 2014
Firm Secures Summary Judgment for Major Medical Device Manufacturer in False Claims Act Suit
October 27, 2014
Firm Achieves Top Rankings in New York and Nationwide in Benchmark Litigation 2015 Guide
May 29, 2014
Patterson Belknap Receives Increased Recognition in Chambers USA 2014
March 5, 2014
Firm Secures Settlement for Syncora in Mortgage-Backed Securities Suit
October 30, 2013
Firm Wins Top Rankings in Benchmark Litigation 2014 Guides
May 24, 2013
Firm Attorneys and Practices Increase Recognition in Chambers USA 2013
January 22, 2013
PBS's ”Frontline” Notes Firm's Leading Role in Financial Litigation
October 17, 2012
Firm Litigation Practice Wins Top Ratings in Benchmark Litigation 2013 Guides
October 20, 2010
Firm Again Receives Top Ranking from Benchmark Litigation
June 29, 2008
Firm and Attorneys Top Litigation Rankings
August 15, 2007
Firm Forms Subprime Mortgage Practice Team