Lauren J. Wachtler

Lauren J. Wachtler: Attorney with Phillips Nizer LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

Lauren Wachtler is Co-Chair of Phillips Nizer's Litigation Department where she focuses her practice on commercial and business litigation with extensive representation of business clients in a wide range of jury and non-jury trials in New York State and Federal Courts, including cases involving the fashion industry, finance, retailers, manufacturers, designers, business torts, and labor and employment-related issues.

Lauren has been a steadfast champion for women’s causes, working to ensure that women have equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement and the tools they need to succeed. Her significant litigation experience has earned her a well-deserved reputation as a fearless advocate for her clients, both male and female.

As a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Council for the Sackler Center For Feminist Art of the Brooklyn Museum, and the lawyer for Same Sky, a trade initiative devoted to empowering HIV positive women who survived the genocide in Rwanda, Lauren continues to play an active role in charitable and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to advancing and empowering women and girls. As a former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation’s Section of the New York State Bar Association, she has spearheaded a Women’s Initiative for that 3000 member Section of the Bar and is a co-author of the Report, If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR , designed to advance women in the profession.

A recipient of its “Champion for Change” award, Lauren is a member of the Board of RiverSpring Health, Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York, and the founder of its pet therapy program, and spends Sunday mornings at the Home as a volunteer.

Peer Review Rating

AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications and Presentations

•Co-Author, If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR [This Report was unanimously adopted by the NYSBA’s House of Delegates on November 4, 2017]
•Where Are the Women Litigators? NYSBA Journal, May 2017
•The Message Was Empowerment, NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Newsletter, May 18, 2016
•Panelist and Moderator for fashion-related topics presented at “Damsels in Design,” Parsons School of Design, MS&K CLE Provider (2014)
•CLE faculty member for numerous trial related CLE programs
•ABA, NYSBA, Lorman Education Services, MSNBC and Lawline
•Speaker and Opening Statements, “Evidence, Foundations and Objections,” New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy (March 2011-2013)
•Review of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (in 4 Volumes), Robert L. Haig, ed. (2005) published in The NY Litigator (Summer 2006)
•Review of Depositions, Practice and Procedures in New York State Courts, Hon. Harold Baer Jr., Robert C. Meade, Jr. (2005)
•Review of the New York Trial Notebook, Edward L. Birnbaum, Carl T. Grasso and Hon. Ariel Belin (2005)
•Author, “The Opening Statement,” Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter (January 2002)
•Author of course materials for the Annual Meeting of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (January 2002)
•Author, “Representing Clients In Automobile Accident Arbitrations,” The Practical Litigator, ABA’s Tort & Insurance Practice Section, (May 2001)
•Co-Author, “Report on Judicial Independence,” New York Litigator (1997)

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations

•New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
- Former Chair, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
- Former Member, Executive Committee and House of Delegates
•Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University
•Board Member, New York Bar Foundation
•Executive Council, Sackler Center for Feminist Art
•Board Member, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA)
•Board Member, RiverSpring Health, Hebrew Home at Riverdale
•PJI Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the NYSBA
•Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Fashion Law Committee

RECOGNITION

•The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, 2018 - 2019)
•New York Super Lawyers Top 5% of lawyers in New York , Top Women Lawyers (Business Litigation, 2006-2018)

News & Publications

•Diversity Event and Sponsorship Phillips Nizer is proud to sponsor Smooth Moves: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color -- the most important diversity and inclusion event of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) on May 23, 2019. Details
05/23/2019

This year's Smooth Moves: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color CLE panel discussion will address: 'The Color of Neutrality: Increasing Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution'. Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of our Litigation Department, and Board Member of the NYSBA Foundation and a Former Chair of the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, will present a scholarship to a 1-L student to intern for the summer with a Commercial Division judge.

The Section will confer The Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award jointly on The Hon. Preet Bharara and The Hon. Joon Kim. Details and Registration

•Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler co-moderates, Working with Men to Advance Women in the Profession, during the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 3 - 5, 2019) Details
05/03/2019

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting 2019
Working with Men to Advance Women in the Profession
10:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
(1.5 CLE credits in Diverity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias)

•Upcoming Special Event - Phillips Nizer hosts American retailer Paul Stuart on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 for a lunch presentation and trunk show. RSVPs required for the lunch and/or to schedule a personal fitting. Details and Registration
04/05/2019

Phillips Nizer is pleased to host Paul Stuart, Inc., the American fashion brand, on Tuesday, April 16th at the firm's New York City office for a lunch presentation and trunk show.

Lunch Presentation: 12:30 PM
Trunk Show: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

RSVPs required for the lunch and/or to schedule a personal fitting by April 15th to: [email protected]

Paul Stuart offers fashions for men and women, and they will be showcasing customLAB, the latest innovation in made to measure suiting for men, and their Spring 2019 women's collection.

•CLE Program - Lauren Wachtler, co-chair of the Litigation Department, acts as counsel for the mock trial presentation, Mammograms on Trial, during the 23rd Annual Ellen P. Hermanson Memorial Symposium on March 26, 2019. Details & Registration
03/26/2019

•CLE Program - Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice, serves as Program Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) CLE, Taking the Lead 2019: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Commercial Cases, on March 12th. Details here
03/12/2019

This program will showcase methods of creating compelling opening and closing statements and direct and cross-examinations of witnesses through a re-enactment of an actual commercial trial.

•Article - The New York Bar Foundation features article, What the New York Bar Foundation Means to Me, by Lauren Wachtler, co-chair of the litigation department, in their 2018 Annual Report.
01/15/2019

•Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, moderates Mentorship & Sponsorship roundtable at the Women in Law & Leadership Summit - NYC on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
11/14/2018

The full-day Women in Law & Leadership Summit will explore career obstacles, risks and rewards on the path to fulfilling and productive careers for women lawyers. The conference will provide networking and learning opportunities on topics including mentorship, gender equity and career management.

Roundtables are informal interactive discussions over a two-hour period, which will provide excellent opportunities to exchange professional insights with peer-level experts.

Law Firms/Vendors register here .
In-House Counsel register here .

•Speaking Engagement - Continuing Legal Education (CLE) - Litigation Department Co-Chair Lauren Wachtler, will be a panelist at the NYS Bar Assn. full-day program Mediation Choices for Effective Representation and Advocacy on Mon., October 29, 2018.
10/29/2018

Ms. Wachtler's panel, Preparing for Mediation and Selecting the Mediator will be the lead session of the day. Full details and registration

Lauren Wachtler, Prominent Litigator, Joins New York Law Firm Phillips Nizer; Will Co-Chair Litigation Department
10/22/2018

Phillips Nizer LLP has added Lauren J. Wachtler, a prominent commercial litigator and former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, as partner. She joins from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.

•Super Lawyers (2018)
09/13/2018

Seventeen Phillips Nizer attorneys were announced on September 13, 2018 as selected for inclusion on the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Attorneys represented a cross-section of several practice areas and industry teams.

•U.S. News - BestLawyers (2019)
08/15/2018

Best Lawyers recognized Alan Behr, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Donald P. Perry, Evan J. Spelfogel, Lauren J. Wachtler, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.

•Speaking Engagement - New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Trial Practice Webinar Series: Openings and Closings (May 16, 2018) featuring Lauren J. Wachtler
05/16/2018

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section will conduct Openings and Closings, a program within their webinar series.

•Speaking Engagement - The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), of which Litigation Department co-chair Lauren Wachtler is a former Section chair, hosts the 12th Annual Smooth Moves: Career Strategies For Attorneys of Color event from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Center's Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.
04/10/2018

The event will feature the program, Strengthening the Rule of Law By Fighting Discrimination. At the conclusion, The Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award will be presented to The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States.

For full details regarding the event, see here. Registration required. This NYSBA event is complimentary. Space is limited.

1.5 MCLE Credits: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias Credits

•Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department will be the Special Speaker at the Veritas Advisory Group's 3rd Annual Women's Legal Forum on April 5, 2018.
04/05/2018

The full day Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event will be held in Dallas, Texas, and will feature leading women in the legal industry. Lauren's presentation, If Not Now, When?: Achieving Gender Equality In the courtroom and ADR ” -- How a Task Force Championed and Changed the Role of Women in the Legal Profession will be begin at 1:00 p.m. View the Forum's agenda here .

•Publication - Lauren Wachtler co-authors “If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR,” adopted by the New York State Bar Associaiton’s House of Delegates.
02/21/2018

•Media - Partners Marc Landis and Lauren Wachtler quoted by the New York Law Journal in the article, What’s Working to Increase Diversity Among Associates, Partners? Midsize Firms Share Their Secrets
02/21/2018

Lauren , who joined the firm in January 2018, is a co-author of the report, “ If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR ,” adopted by the New York State Bar Associaiton’s House of Delegates in November 2017.

Excerpt:

Wachtler’s reputation in the women’s rights arena is helping the firm hire female associates who want to learn from her, Landis said. “She’s the new exciting thing that we talk to prospective associates about,” he [Landis] said...In addition to hiring Wachtler, the firm elevated two female attorneys to partner and named a female co-chair for its real estate practice. It also added Asian-American and African-American partners. And of five associates who joined in 2017, four are female, one is African-American and one is Asian-American...In assembling a diverse workforce, Landis said it’s important to take a broad view. So look to hire and promote younger partners, lesbian and gay partners, and partners with different political views...

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. We happily bring in talented men and people who are not of color as well,” he said. ”I want to emphasize that while we have promoted many people into leadership roles and leadership opportunities, we haven’t discarded our senior people.”

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Intellectual Property, Fashion and Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Trademark
  • Licensing
  • Employment Litigation
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Integrity Oversight & Investigations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(212) 841-0511  Phone
(212) 262-5152  Fax
www.phillipsnizer.com/attorneys/wachtlerl_bio.cfm
University Attended:
Mount Holyoke College, B.A., cum laude, 1976
Law School Attended:
St. John's University, J.D., 1978
Year of First Admission:
1979
Admission:
1979, New York; 1979, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits
Memberships:

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations

•New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
- Former Chair, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
- Former Member, Executive Committee and House of Delegates
•Women's Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University
•Board Member, New York Bar Foundation
•Executive Council, Sackler Center for Feminist Art
•Board Member, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA)
•Board Member, RiverSpring Health, Hebrew Home at Riverdale
•PJI Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the NYSBA
•Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Fashion Law Committee

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Successfully represented a large winery in connection with shareholder buy-out.; Successfully represented beer distributor in connection with significant property loss sustained during Super Storm Sandy.; Successfully defended partner in case involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and undue influence.; Incorporated international fashion jewelry company, trademarked designs, prepared licensing agreements and assisted with distribution agreements, including the sale of merchandise through the internet.; Successfully represented a large bi-coastal shipping and warehousing company in matters involving shipments, warehousing agreements, lost goods and other issues.; Successfully resolved several matters arising from modeling contracts and photographer shoots.; Successfully resolved matters involving the sale of jewelry and precious gems.; Represented a leading sportswear company regarding a significant employment issue.; Represented garment manufacturer/distributor in connection with overseas licensing agreement.; Successfully defended numerous general contractors, construction managers and owners of large commercial properties in jury trials involving premises liability and New York Labor Law claims.; Successfully represented large private investment lender in multi-million dollar breach of fiduciary duty and lender liability lawsuit.
ISLN:
903027722

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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