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Daniel C. Zinman

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Daniel C. Zinman is a litigation partner with more than 20 years of experience in complex financial disputes and government enforcement actions. He represents companies and senior executives, board committees, law firms and lawyers, and other professionals in civil litigations, arbitrations, government and internal investigations, regulatory proceedings and white collar criminal defense matters.   more +

Mr. Zinman has served as the Court appointed Receiver, and as lead counsel to the Court appointed Receiver, on multiple occasions. In addition, he helps companies develop and implement comprehensive ethics and compliance policies, procedures and training programs.

Mr. Zinman has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500 and New York Super Lawyers for his business and securities litigation work as well as his white collar criminal defense expertise.

Mr. Zinman currently serves as a member of RK&O's Executive Committee. Previously, he was an Adjunct Legal Writing Professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught legal writing. 


  • Senior executives in SEC and DOJ investigations, and related civil litigations, concerning allegations of accounting fraud.
  • Executives in DOJ and SEC proceedings relating to allegations of insider trading.
  • Numerous senior securities industry professionals and hedge funds in SEC investigations and parallel civil litigations concerning CDO and other structured products transactions.
  • The partner of a prominent law firm in securities fraud litigation brought in federal court by the SEC.
  • The General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company in parallel DOJ, SEC and civil litigations relating to corporate disclosures.
  • Legal counsel in SEC investigation concerning the sales of unaffiliated stock under Section 5 of the Securities Act. 
  • Sales executives and traders in multi-national foreign exchange trading investigations and civil litigations.
  • Senior executives of leading financial institutions in SEC investigation and numerous related litigations arising out of the offer and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • An AmLaw 25 law firm in malpractice litigation involving a corporate takeover.
  • An AmLaw 100 law firm in litigation involving the restructuring of a defaulted debt facility.
  • Legal counsel in civil litigation relating to the adequacy of disclosures in investor offering materials.
  • A Demand Committee of a global financial services institution with respect to shareholder derivative demands alleging that officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties by failing to respond adequately to red flags of money laundering violations.
  • The Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. in an investigation of shareholder derivative demands relating to allegations that directors and officers violated their fiduciary duties and made false and misleading financial disclosures concerning compliance with federal mortgage underwriting standards.
  • Special Committee members of RMG Networks Holdings Corporation in a securities class action brought in the Delaware Court of Chancery alleging that they breached their fiduciary duties by approving transactions allowing company insiders to take company private and squeeze out the interests of minority shareholders.
  • An audit committee of a publicly traded company in an investigation of accounting fraud allegations.
  • A public company in an internal investigation relating to allegations of fraud in the sale of a foreign subsidiary.
  • A senior options trader in an SRO investigation regarding options contracts allegedly mis-coded as customer orders in order to receive priority execution.
  • A large broker-dealer and its managers in an SRO investigation concerning fraud and misappropriation of client assets.
  • Eighteen financial advisors in a broad SRO investigation relating to allegations of churning, excessive trading and unsuitable investment recommendations.
  • Serving as the Court appointed Receiver in FTC v. Evan Blumstein et al., 01 Civ. 8987 (HB).
  • Serving as the Court appointed Receiver in Silver v. Goldberg, 92 Civ. 6989 (HB).
  • Serving as lead counsel to the Receiver in SEC v. Bernard L. Madoff et al., 08 Civ. 10791 (LLS).
  • Serving as lead counsel to the Independent Examiner in United States v. Computer Associates International, Inc., Cr. No. 04-837 (ILG).

Honors & Awards

  • Named a New York Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2017-2021) 
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of Securities Litigation (2015-2020), General Commercial Disputes (2020) and White Collar Criminal Defense (2015-2016, 2020)
  • Selected by Super Lawyers magazine as New York Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, Securities Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense (2009-2020)

Professional & Community Affiliations

Former Adjunct Legal Writing Professor, Fordham University School of Law




Practice Areas
  • Honorable William H. Timbers, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
  • College of William and Mary, B.A., 1984
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York