PRACTICESCommercial Litigation, Trials and Appeals
Alternative Dispute Resolution
1967, B.A. with Distinction/Departmental Honors
New York University School of Law
- New York, 1972
Partner Mark C. Zauderer, a prominent New York trial and appellate lawyer, has represented major corporations, prominent individuals, and a Presidential cabinet secretary in significant business, financial and commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Subject matters have included contracts, business torts, securities, real estate, legal malpractice, shareholder rights, limited partnerships, defamation and fiduciary relationships in business, law firm and estate matters.He also frequently serves as an arbitrator and private mediator of significant disputes. He is a past President of the Federal Bar Council and is a member of the Board of Editors of the New York Law Journal. In 2003, Zauderer was appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye as Chair of New York’s Commission on the Jury, a blue ribbon panel of lawyers and judges charged with finding ways to improve New York’s jury system. He also served as a member of the Chief Judge's Commercial Courts Task Force, which implemented the establishment of the New York State Court System's Commercial Division and as member of the Office of Court Administration's Program on the Profession and the Courts, which drafted New York's current sanctions rules. Zauderer is a past chair of the 2000 member Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, served as a delegate to its House of Delegates, as a member of the Special Committee on Cameras in the Courts, and chaired the Association's Steering Committee on Commerce and Industry. He also served as a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Professional Responsibility, and the Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Zauderer currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department and a member of the Chief Administrative Judge's Advisory Committee on Civil Practice and lectures frequently and provides media commentary on litigation related issues. In 2012, Zauderer was appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman as a member of the Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. In 2013, he was appointed by Chief Judge Lippman as a member of the permanent Advisory Committee of the Commercial Division. In 2015, Zauderer was appointed a Member of the Chief Judge’s Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline, which made recommendations for the revisions of New York’s attorney discipline system. In 2015, he was honored by the New York Law Journal with its award for “Lawyers Who Lead By Example” for his contributions to public service. Zauderer was formerly a partner with Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp, a firm he co-founded in 1981. Zauderer received his JD from the New York University School of Law and served as a law clerk to a Federal judge.
In 2004, Zauderer served as a member of a four person delegation to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to advise on the establishment of a commercial court. Zauderer is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who America, New York Super Lawyers and New York Magazine’s “The New York Areas Best Lawyers”. In 2007, he was awarded the Eliphalet Nott Medal for distinction in field by the Union College Board of Trustees.
Zauderer has been the subject of nine half-hour interviews on the PBS television program, "The Open Mind" including:
- "The Jury System on Trial"
- "Forcing Lawyers to Retire"
- "The Law, Fitting a Profession Into The Business Model"
- "A Newer Look At Cameras in the Courts"
- "On Lawyers, Judges and Justice in America"
- "The Legal Brain-Scape: Neuroscience and the Law"
- "A New York Times Editorial, 5/7/2012: The Cautionary Tale of Dewey & LeBoeuf"
- "In The Name of the Law …"
- “Mandatory Judicial Retirement”.
He frequently comments on legal issues in the print and television media and lectures on litigation related issues. Over many decades, Zauderer has acted as lead trial lawyer in many significant business litigations. His matters have included:
- Representation of major national and international companies in complex business disputes
- Defense of antitrust and securities class actions
- The successful appeal of a seminal case defining the extent of the extraterritorial application of the U.S. Securities Laws. Itoba Ltd. v. Lep Group PLC, 54 F.3d 118 (2d Cir. 1995), cert. denied, 516 U.S. 1044 (1996)
- SEC investigations, including representation of a major university in connection with an insider trading investigation
- Acting as lead trial counsel in significant real estate disputes involving such issues as restrictive covenants, claims arising out of diversion of water, claims of competing purchasers, real estate brokerage disputes, and easements
- Representation of major companies and individuals in Federal and State government investigations
- Trials of complex partnership disputes
- Representation of major New York City law firms in complex litigations and trials involving breach of fiduciary claims by former partners, and in significant malpractice matters
- Court appointment as special referee
- Service as arbitrator and as a private and court-appointed mediator in major business disputes
- Current service as a director of the New York International Arbitration Center and as member of the National Roster of AAA Commercial Arbitrators
- Representation as defense co-counsel in a suit brought by Eliot Spitzer, who was at the time the attorney general of New York state, against the former chief of the New York Stock Exchange,Richard Grasso, to recover Grasso’s allegedly improper $187.5 million pay package. All claims against Grasso were eventually dismissed
- Obtaining a dismissal of a $500 million malpractice suit against the international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke
- Representation of a group of 57 former partners from the failed law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in a highly publicized bankruptcy proceeding seeking to claw back pay and other benefits from the former partners
- An appointment as referee with all the powers of the New York Supreme Court, to adjudicate all disputes between the partners of the national law firm Napoli Bern, and to oversee the dissolution of the firm and transition of its 24,000 clients
- Representation of former Clinton administration cabinet member Ronald Brown, at the time the United States Secretary of Commerce, in a lawsuit brought against him and the major television networks by former presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. McCarthy alleged that Brown, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, had improperly excluded him and others from the televised 1992 presidential debates. The claims against Brown were dismissed
Associations & Memberships
- Chair, The Commission on the Jury, 2003-
- Federal Bar Council, President, 2006-2008; President-Elect, 2004-2006; Trustee, 1998—, Treasurer, 2000—, and Chair, 2001—, Program Committee
- Member, Governor's Judicial Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department
- Member, Chief Judge's Commercial Division Advisory Council, 2013—
- Member, Board of Editors, New York Law Journal, 2006—
- New York State Bar Association (Chair: Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 1996-1997; Chair, Committee on Complex Civil Litigation; Member, Executive Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 1991—; Steering Committee on Commerce and Industry, 2001—; Delegate, House of Delegates, 1997-1998; Member, Special Committee on Cameras in New York Courts, 2000); Chair, Special Committee on Age Discrimination in the Profession, 2006—2007
- New York Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
- The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committees on: State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 1983-1987; Professional Discipline, 1987-1988; Committee on Judiciary, 1988-1991)
- Practicing Law Institute Litigation Advisory Committee, 1992—
- Office of Court Administration's Program on the Profession and the Courts, Part 130 Subcommittee, 1996-1998
- Member, Union College Trustee Board of Advisors, 1993-1999
- Advisory Committee on Civil Practice to the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Courts, 1992—
- Chief Judge's Task Force on Commercial Courts, 1995—
- American Bar Association
- Member, Delegation to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (to advise on establishment of a commercial court), 2004
- Awarded Eliphalet Nott Medal for distinction in field by Union College Board of Trustees, 2007
- Member, New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline, 2015
Presentations & Seminars
- Author, “Only Whites Need Apply - The Strange Case of Stuyvesant Town,” New York State Bar Journal, September, 2015
- Author, "Effective Discovery in Business and Commercial Cases in State Court," New York State Bar Journal, May-June, 1993
- "Competing Purchaser Issues in Real Estate Transactions," International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference, Orlando, Florida, 1994
- Faculty Co-Chair, Practicing Law Institute Program, "Litigating Commercial Cases up to Trial," New York and San Francisco, 1986
- Moderator, Practising Law Institute Program, "Judges Pet Peeves," New York City, 1999, 2001 and 2010
- Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute Program, "Deposition Skills Training Program," New York, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990
- Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute Program, "Current Problems in Federal Civil Practice," 1994, 1996
- Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute Program, "How to Begin a Civil Action," New York, 1998
- Moderator, Practising Law Institute Satellite Television Broadcast, "Deposition Strategy and Tactics," 1989
- Faculty Co-Chair, New York State Bar Association Program, "Strategy and Tactics in Business and Commercial Litigation," New York City, Rochester and Buffalo, 1990; 1991 and 1994
- Faculty Chair, New York State Bar Association Program, "Deposition Practice in State and Federal Courts," New York City, Albany and Uniondale, 1993, 2002
- Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, "The Commercial Parts: One Year Later," New York City, 1994
- Faculty Member, New York State Bar Associations Programs, "How to Settle a Commercial Case," New York City and Rochester, 1992
- Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, "How to Try a Commercial Case," New York City and Uniondale, 1993, 2002
- Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, "Civility and Ethics in Civil Litigation," New York City, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
- Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, "Basic Federal Civil Practice," 2001
- Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, "Ethics '99: An Update on Recent Developments and Guide to Safe Navigation," Manchester, Vermont, 1999
- Faculty Member, New York State Bar Association Program, "Successfully Litigating a Commercial Case - Advanced Issues," New York City and Huntington, 2000 and 2001
- Faculty Member, Association of the Bar, City of New York, "Anatomy of a Trial," 1997
- Faculty Member, Association of the Bar, City of New York, "Litigating in the Commercial Division of New York State Court," 1998
- Trial Demonstration, "The Trial of a Commercial Case: Successful Tactics and Techniques," New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2002
- Lecturer to New York State trial judges at Judicial Institute, 2003
- Moderator, Program on Civility, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2004
- Panelist, "High Profile Cases," Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Kona, Hawaii, 2005
- Panelist, "Great Trials of the 20th Century," Federal Bar Council Fall Conference, Lenox, Massachusetts, 2007
- Panelist, "Where to go for Relief," Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Nevis, West Indies, 2008
- Panelist, "Libel Terrorism," American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., 2009
- Moderator, New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Program, "How To Win (And Lose) A Preliminary Injunction in Federal and State Court," 2010
- Moderator, Panel for "Federal and State Judicial Issues" Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Los Cabos, Mexico, 2011
- Moderator, "Neuroscience and the Law," Second Circuit Judicial Conference, Lake George, New York, 2011
- Moderator, "The Roosevelt Court" Federal Bar Council Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Curacao, 2013
- Moderator, “The Roosevelt Court” Federal Bar Council Fall Bar Conference, Pocono Manor, PA, 2014
- Panelist, “Ethical Considerations Of Alternative Fee Arrangements”, New York City Bar Association, 2015
- Panelist, Breakfast Series: “Keeping Up With Changes In the Commercial Division Rules,” New York City Bar Association, 2016