Jerome C. Katz

Senior Counsel

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  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1975; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Associate Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
  • AB, magna cum laude, Duke University, 1972; Phi Beta Kappa

Qualifications

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Court-appointed neutral mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2001-present)
  • The Legal Aid Society, Board of Directors (2002-2008); Board of Advisers (2008-present)
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Trustees (2005-present)
  • Citizens Budget Commission, Board of Trustees (2003-2008)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016, 2018)
  • New York Super Lawyers (2006-2017) (including “Top 100,” 2008 and 2010)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star (2013-2015)
  • The Legal 500 US (2007, 2016)
  • Lawdragon 3000: “Leading Lawyers in America” (2006-2007)

Jerome C. Katz

Senior Counsel

For more than 40 years, Jerome Katz focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation in the United States and abroad, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He retired as a partner at the end of 2015 and is currently a senior counsel at the firm. He has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for commercial litigation by ChambersU.S. News-Best Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation (local litigation star) and other publications. During his career, he appeared before state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States in a wide variety of cases, including contract, securities, antitrust, fiduciary duty, libel, product liability, fraud, pension and reinsurance matters, and in cases often involving cross-border issues. His clients included investment and commercial banks; investment funds; technology, consumer product, entertainment and insurance companies; and prominent individuals. He often represented clients and dealt with the press in high-profile cases in the media spotlight. 

Experience

  • PanAmSat. Served as lead counsel for what is now part of the world’s largest fleet of commercial satellites in contract disputes in the U.S., India and elsewhere.
  • United National Insurance. Served as lead counsel in a nine-week jury trial in federal court in Philadelphia in which United National obtained a $24 million verdict against a reinsurance broker for misrepresentation.
  • Cablevision. Served as counsel for this cable TV company in its antitrust suit in New York against Viacom for unlawfully tying the licensing of “must have” networks with the licensing of less popular networks; and in its defense of a class action in New Jersey alleging the unlawful tying of interactive TV packages with the leasing of set-top boxes.
  • Casita. Lead counsel for this investment partnership as the plaintiff in a derivative suit in New York against a fund manager for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Sun International. Served as lead counsel for this South African hotel and casino operator in a dispute concerning competitive restraints outside of Africa.
  • Credit Suisse. Served as counsel in a dispute involving a billion dollars in letters of credit in connection with the Mirant bankruptcy case in Texas.
  • MacAndrews & Forbes. Served as counsel for Revlon’s parent in a New York jury trial concerning a supplemental executive retirement plan.
  • Gallaher. Served as counsel for what was the U.K.’s largest tobacco company in the defense of product liability suits in the U.K. and Ireland.
  • PerkinElmer. Served as lead counsel for this life sciences company in the defense of a suit alleging the misappropriation of human DNA.
  • Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay. Served as lead counsel in New York for the owners of The Telegraph newspaper of London in the defense of a lawsuit concerning an alleged fraud in connection with an office building in Manhattan.