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USA 2022
New York Litigation
Band 3

3 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

HSG is known for its ability to try high-stakes commercial cases, domestic and multi-jurisdictional, and the quality of its legal scholarship and writing. The firm has asserted and defended groundbreaking legal claims with the potential to change the way business is done across entire industries.

The firm’s founders are the Hon. Richard Holwell, a former S.D.N.Y. judge, and three colleagues from White & Case: Michael Shuster, Daniel Goldberg, and Dorit Ungar Black. The firm draws talent from the finest law schools, clerkships, and firms. Today, HSG has approximately 60 lawyers, including multiple former Supreme Court clerks.

The firm:

  • Won a $2.4 billion trial verdict against Lehman Brothers related to mortgage-backed securities.
  • Took to trial and settled a massive antitrust claim on behalf of MacAndrews & Forbes against News Corp.
  • Is leading innovative “cost-of-insurance” litigation in federal courts around the country.
  • Defended Travelport’s efforts to manage liquidity needs brought on by the pandemic’s effect on the travel industry.
  • Is challenging an exchange transaction by Serta and its private equity sponsors for which the proffered justification was the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Won a dismissal, affirmed on appeal, of claims brought by Carl Icahn against a prestigious M&A firm.

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded - New York
Band 3
What the team is known for

Strong litigation boutique that is particularly highlighted for its representation of institutional plaintiffs in major securities litigation, with in-depth experience in bringing claims against leading financial institutions, investors and government entities. Particularly well regarded for its strength in RMBS claims, calling upon an extensive track record of success in cases arising from the financial crisis. Acts for an impressive client base which includes high net worth individuals, investors, major corporates and sovereign states. Also noted for its well-regarded offering in general commercial litigation, with a strong track record of success in defending against antitrust, mass tort and cost of insurance disputes.


Market sources say: "They are very strong and very thorough attorneys who really marshal the facts. They are incredibly organized and a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights

Acted for Visa in the appeal brought by objectors to its $6.26 billion 2018 settlement in antitrust actions concerning payment card 'swipe fees'.

Represented HSBC in its capacity as trustee for numerous RMBS trusts in putback cases against DB Structured Products and Nomura Credit & Capital.

Notable practitioners

Michael Shuster handles disputes on both the plaintiff and defense sides, and impresses with his expert handling of commercial disputes as well as securities litigation such as RMBS-related claims against financial institutions.
"He's really remarkable in his work and leadership of the firm." "He is very engaging in court and knows how to tell a narrative." "Michael is an elite litigator."

Blair Kaminsky represents both individuals and corporates in a whole host of complex commercial disputes and offers expertise in bankruptcy and securities-related litigation.
"She is willing to get into the weeds on matters. I trust her judgment and expertise a lot." "She does a remarkable job in court."

Ranked Lawyers at
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

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Litigation: General Commercial

Michael S Shuster
Michael S Shuster
Band 1
Blair Kaminsky
Blair Kaminsky
Up and Coming
Securities: Institutional Plaintiffs: Mainly RMBS Litigation

Michael S Shuster
Michael S Shuster
Spotlight Table


Provided by Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

Daniel P. Goldberg

Hon. Richard J. Holwell


Provided by Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

Bank of New York Mellon


Directors of Liquid Holdings Group, Inc.

Former Director of Sears Holding Corp.

Freddie Mac

Goldman Sachs & Co.


Lehman RMBS Trustees

MacAndrews & Forbes Inc.

Perry Capital

PetSmart Inc.

Promontory Financial Group

Sealed Air



U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Visa Inc.