R. James De Rose focuses his practice on complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on the banking industry. R.J.’s international experience includes representing an international construction company in disputes over contracts relating to projects in Iraq.
This dispute has been litigated in the courts of Brazil and the United States. He has also represented foreign, private security contractors in disputes arising from their activities in Iraq subsequent to the last Gulf War.
His banking experience includes providing legal advice to one of the world’s largest international banks on its obligations as trustee under various mortgage backed securities. R.J. has also represented the trustee of a collateralized debt obligation in a dispute with a counter-hedge party over the priority of payments under the terms of that CDO, which included litigating the meaning of the various agreements governing the CDO.
And he has represented certain note holders in a dispute over a mezzanine financing agreement. His experience further includes counseling clients on various issues relating to the servicing of loans collateralized into mortgage backed securities and defending a bank in a series of multi-million dollar disputes against claims of negligence and fraud.
R.J. served as lead counsel for the defendants, the rightfully elected officers of the Reform Party of the United States of America (RPUSA) in a long-running dispute between two groups of individuals, both of which claimed to be the leadership of the RPUSA. The courts granted defendants motions for summary judgment restoring control of the RPUSA to defendants.
R.J. served as lead counsel in a high profile pro bono case, representing the family of Captain James J. Corrigan, a retired New York Fire Department (FDNY) captain killed while aiding the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Contrary to legislation enacted by the New York State Legislature, the City of New York and the FDNY refused to acknowledge Capt. Corrigan as a member of the FDNY and to allow his name to be included on the National September 11 Memorial with his brother fire fighters.
R.J.’s practice has included appeals before the United States Circuit Courts for the Second Circuit and Ninth Circuit, and before the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division for the First Department and Second Department.
- MacKay v. Crews, et al: Acted as lead counsel for the elected national committee members of the Reform Party of the United States of America. Secured summary judgment for clients in a long-running dispute over who represented the leadership of the Reform Party of the United States of America, restoring control of the party to our clients. 2009 WL 5062119 (E.D.N.Y.)
- Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank, B.A. v. Brookville CDO I Ltd.: Represented the trustee of a Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO), on behalf of the CDO in a dispute with a counter-hedge party over priority of payment under the terms of the transaction. 2008 WL 5170178 (S.D.N.Y)
- Hedgemon Fund, LLC v. Plaza Harbour Mezz Holdings, et al: Represented junior noteholders in dispute over priority pursuant to mezzanine financing vehicle.
- In Re Corrigan: Acted as lead counsel for family and estate of retired FDNY firefighter killed at the World Trade Center assisting rescue efforts on 9/11. Secured action in the New York Supreme Court to have his name listed with the FDNY on the National Sept. 11 Memorial. 2010 WL 2927210 (N.Y.Sup.)
Professional Affiliations : Member, Locke Lord Pro Bono Committee
- J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2003
- M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1999
- B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1997
Admissions : New York, 2004
Admitted To Practice :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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