Elliot Greenfield is a litigation counsel whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation. He has significant experience defending companies and officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and merger and acquisition litigation, as well as representing healthcare clients in a broad range of litigation matters.
Mr. Greenfield joined the firm in 2005. From 2006 to 2007, he clerked for the Hon. Victor Marrero in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Greenfield received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2005, where he was a Robert McKay Scholar and a member of the Federal Defender Clinic.
He is the author of “A Lenity Exception to Chevron Deference,” 58 Baylor Law Review 1 (2006) and the co-author of “Guest Post: Despite SLUSA, Plaintiffs File IPO Lawsuits In State Court,” The D&O Diary (February, 2015), “Lower Court Decisions In The Wake Of Halliburton II,” The Review Of Securities & Commodities Regulation (February, 2015) and “3 Insights To Clarify Securities Act Class Action Removal,” Law360 (November, 2014).
He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1994.
Mr. Greenfield is a member of the Bar of New York and is admitted to practice in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Colorado.
- The Board of Directors of Monsanto in its $66 billion sale to Bayer.
- The Special Committee and independent members of the Board of Directors of Dell in defeating requests for a preliminary injunction and obtaining dismissal of 26 stockholder class actions challenging $25 billion going-private transaction.
- Independent directors of News Corporation in allegations relating to phone-hacking in the United Kingdom.
- Providence Equity Partners in winning summary judgment in a shareholder class action lawsuit arising from Providence’s $1.9 billion acquisition of SRA International.
- Security Capital Assurance in the successful dismissal — on a motion to dismiss — of securities class action claims alleging that SCA misstated, or failed to disclose, information on a registration statement and a prospectus concerning its alleged exposure to subprime- and CDO-related risks.
- A major global insurer in multiple shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits challenging practices with regard to payment of death benefits and escheatment of unclaimed death benefits.
- Barrick Gold and seven of its current and former officers and directors in a securities class action arising from the development of a mining project in South America.
- Disney, NBC Universal and CBS Broadcasting in a copyright dispute with Aereo, which intercepts their over-the-air broadcast signals, converts them and retransmits those broadcasts over the internet.
- Protective Life in its $5.7 billion merger with a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life, a life insurance company listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.
- Juan Sebastian Montes, a former executive of Petroleos de Venezuela, in litigation involving the Michael Kenwood Group.
- CIFG Assurance North America as a plaintiff in a successful action – won on an early, pre-discovery summary judgment motion – for breach of a reinsurance contract.
- New York University School of Law, 2005, J.D.
- University of California at Berkeley, 2001, Ph.D.
- Wesleyan University, 1994, B.A.
- New York
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