Managing Partner: Thomas E L Dewey
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 14
Languages: English, French
Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky was founded in 1998 in New York City by three lawyers from Cravath Swaine & Moore and Kaye Scholer (now Arnold & Porter). The firm focuses exclusively on litigation, utilizing a team-based, personal, and tailored approach to client service to achieve results. With a track record of significant victories in complex litigation including trials, appeals, and regulator investigations, the firm has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading litigation boutiques in New York City.
Main Areas of Practice:
■ Financial Services
■ Intellectual Property & Technology
■ Internal Investigations & Regulatory Enforcement
■ Real Estate
■ Pro Bono
Appellate work has always been a core practice for Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky, and the firm has an impressive track record of winning appeals in state courts, federal courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Numerous members of the team have clerked on state and federal appellate courts, and the firm is particularly well known in New York appellate courts. DPK is frequently hired by companies and some of the best-known law firms in New York to take over a case after a trial loss or to advise on appellate strategy as co-counsel.
Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky has litigated adversary proceedings and otherwise represented clients in some of the largest bankruptcies in history, including the Enron, Adelphia, Lehman Brothers, Madoff, and MF Global bankruptcies. DPK has litigated a range of issues in bankruptcy courts, including matters such as lift stay applications, motions seeking access to insurance proceeds, and adversary proceedings.
The employment practice area at Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky covers every facet of employment litigation and counseling, ranging from alleged violations of noncompetes to severance and indemnification disputes, compensation matters, claims for theft of confidential information and trade secrets, and employment discrimination. The team is known for their negotiation and pre-termination counseling skills, which can help clients avoid employment disputes before they even arise.
Clients in the banking and financial sectors comprise the largest segment of Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky’s client base. The firm has broad experience handling commercial disputes for these clients and litigating cases involving acquisition and merger agreements, financing commitments, structured finance transactions, CDOs, RMBS, letters of credit, commercial contracts, repurchase agreements, and secured transactions. Many of DPK’s financial sector clients are based outside the United States, and the firm has particular experience representing non-US institutions in their litigationrelated matters in New York.
Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky has extensive experience in insurance law and litigation on behalf of insurers, insureds, and corporate clients. The firm has represented corporate plaintiffs seeking to recover for insurance fraud; litigated insurance coverage disputes involving P&C, E&O and D&O claims; and advised clients negotiating policies and renewals. The insurance team successfully represented a Fortune 50 company seeking coverage under policies providing $500 million of insurance, securing one the of the largest recoveries for a corporate policyholder on record.
Intellectual Property & Technology:
Intellectual property litigation and counseling is a core area of practice for Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky. The IP team is led by the former General Counsel of an internet and technology company, and the firm has intimate knowledge of legal and business challenges that technology and other IP-focused companies face. The firm regularly handles copyright disputes, trade secret matters, trademark matters, and patent litigation. The firm’s lawyers frequently speak and write about technology law, and they also publish a recurring column in The New York Law Journal.
Internal Investigations & Regulatory Enforcement:
When the need arises for an internal investigation conducted by outside lawyers, Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky is known for working efficiently and quickly. DPK has conducted internal and special committee investigations concerning mortgage-backed securities, auction rate securities, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, alleged accounting irregularities, alleged improper sales practices and many other sensitive issues in investigations conducted by regulatory authorities.
International Disputes, Arbitration & Regulation:
Many of DPK’s commercial and financial sector clients are based outside the United States, and the firm has particular experience representing non-US institutions in their litigation-related matters in New York. The firm has a robust arbitration practice, and has handled international disputes before the London Court of International Arbitration, as well as ad hoc and International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations. In addition, the firm regularly advises on FCPA compliance, internal investigations and US regulatory work for international clients.
Work in the real estate sector draws on skills and experience in all the firm’s practice areas. From contracts and insurance disputes to financing and shareholder litigation, Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky has been involved in a wide variety of real estate matters. The work in this area extends to disputes concerning real estate partnerships and sales of commercial property, as well as litigation and arbitration in commercial lease and license disputes. In the past several years, the firm has fought and won or successfully resolved securities class action cases in the real estate sector, including multiple disputes concerning the IPO of Empire State Realty Trust.
Lawyers at Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky have represented parties in many of the largest and most complex securities matters of the past decade, including the Adelphia, CSX, KPNQwest, Lehman, Parmalat, Madoff and MF Global matters. The firm has broad experience in both individual and class action litigation involving alleged violations of the securities laws, as well as evaluating and assisting with minimizing the litigation risks at the decision-making stage of corporate actions. The team also has the rare distinction of having successfully tried a federal securities fraud class action to a jury verdict. DPK’s securities lawyers regularly handle AAA, JAMS and FINRA arbitrations, as well as disputes regarding broker-dealer matters, compliance issues, and credit derivatives.
DPK’s notable clients include BlackRock, Credit Suisse, Empire State Realty Trust, Deutsche Bank, Starwood Capital Group, The Hartford, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, and Citigroup.