Hal Shaftel is a trial lawyer who litigates complex commercial cases, both in jury and bench trials and on appeal, in federal and state courts across the country, as well as in domestic and international arbitration forums. In particular, he has extensive experience in securities, corporate governance, antitrust, insurance/reinsurance, intellectual property, infrastructure, and product liability litigation. His clients include major companies and individuals in the financial services and funds, technology and Internet, professional sports and entertainment, and consulting industries.
Hal has litigated on behalf of a broad array of clients in the financial services sector, ranging from investment banks in cases concerning financial advisory and underwriting activities, as well as the scope and terms of engagements and indemnities; to broker-dealers in securities industry arbitrations; to fund managers in investment, governance and accounting disputes with investors and outgoing managers.
His securities experience includes the defense of securities class and derivative actions and tender offer litigation, as well as the representation of officers and directors with regard to liability and corporate governance matters. For clients in the banking and funds sectors, he also has litigated issues involving investment and cash management decisions, trade secrets and an array of complex regulatory matters.
In antitrust litigation, Hal represents clients in connection with both governmental and private class actions. He has handled multidistrict proceedings in federal courts, as well as matters before the Federal Trade Commission and other antitrust regulatory bodies. Many of these antitrust matters have also implicated cutting-edge intellectual property issues.
With respect to insurance matters, he has prevailed at trial and successfully settled a number of multimillion dollar cases involving director and officer liability, advertising liability and product liability. His cases have resulted in groundbreaking law concerning coverage determinations, trigger of coverage, and allocation issues. He also represents various international reinsurers in arbitration proceedings addressing claims handling, accounting, and other industry practices.
Hal has published extensively in legal periodicals concerning topics relevant to general business litigation, involving important discovery and arbitration practice topics. He is a frequent media commentator and often speaks on litigation practice issues and corporate governance rules.
A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, he received his law degree from Yale Law School where he was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern District of New York. He is a member of the New York City Bar, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.