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Shari A. Brandt

F:  917.344.8874

Overview

Shari A. Brandt is a partner with more than 20 years of experience representing institutions and individuals in high stakes commercial civil litigation, regulatory and white collar criminal proceedings, and internal investigations, often in matters involving financial services and complex financial products. Clients have described her as: having “deep knowledge of the subject matter, sound judgment, [and] great instincts,” “very client service oriented,” “extremely smart, experienced, hardworking and thorough,” and someone who “works incredibly hard to ensure that all bases are covered” (Legal 500 2010-2018). more +

Ms. Brandt regularly defends matters that proceed simultaneously in regulatory, white collar defense and civil litigation forums. She represents clients in civil litigations at the federal and state level, arbitrations and mediations, as well as defending against investigations by the CFTC, SEC, FINRA, United States Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice, State Attorney’s General offices and other governmental and self-regulatory bodies.

Ms. Brandt currently serves as a member of RK&O's Executive Committee. In 2000, she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fordham University School of Law. Ms. Brandt is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, State Bars of New York and New Jersey as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and District of New Jersey.

Experience

  • Lead attorney for brokerage firm in connection with class action litigation concerning the setting of the U.S. Dollar Isdafix benchmark rate.
  • Multiple brokerage firms in connection with domestic and international regulatory inquiries into the setting of LIBOR rates and related civil litigation.
  • Firms and individuals in connection with CFTC enforcement investigations.
  • An insurer in litigation across the country and regulatory inquiries concerning bond offerings, auction rate securities and residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • A bank conducting an internal investigation into anonymous allegations of kickbacks and bribery.
  • A brokerage firm in connection with regulatory inquiries into anti-competitive conduct concerning credit default swaps.
  • A private equity firm in two lengthy arbitrations concerning hedge fund valuation, employment law and breach of contract issues.
  • A private equity firm in connection with breach of contract claims arising from sale of a business.

Individual Clients

  • The former president of a company in connection with Department of Justice antitrust inquiry.
  • A group of employees in the credit department of a bank in connection with multiple regulatory inquiries and civil litigation into the purchase and sale of RMBS.
  • An independent distribution consultant in connection with issues surrounding the distribution of a Sarbanes‑Oxley Fair Fund.
  • The president of a brokerage firm in connection with multiple regulatory and criminal investigations into market timing.
  • The president of a brokerage firm in connection with SEC investigation into market misrepresentations.
  • A senior officer of a drug company in connection with regulatory, criminal and congressional subcommittee inquiries into insider trading allegations.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked by Chambers USA as a Recognized Practitioner in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (2018)
  • Selected by Benchmark Litigation as a Top Woman in Litigation (2015-2018) and as a Local Litigation Star (2016-2019)
  • Named to Global Investigations Review's Inaugural Top 100 Women in Investigations list (2015)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of Corporate Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Litigation (2010-2018)
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a New York Super Lawyer for Business Litigation, Securities Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense (2012-2018) and as a New York Rising Star (2011)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Law360 Securities Editorial Advisory Board

Former Co-chair of Securities Litigation Subcommittee, American Bar Association’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee

Member, Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ Board of Trustees

Member, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest Board of Trustees

Member, YLD Leadership Council, UJA Greater Metrowest NJ

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Clerkship(s)
  • Honorable Robert D. Sack, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1992
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court