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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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David Braff

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Managing Partner of Litigation Group from January 2004 to October 2012, and now has overall responsibility for the Firm’s litigation practice. Member of the Firm’s Management Committee, and acts as the Firm's General Counsel. Generalist litigator focused on regulatory investigations and criminal matters. Also handles a wide variety of civil litigation matters, primarily for financial institutions.




Cleveland State University, B.A., Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

‘Top-tier’ firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP ‘provides excellent representation technically, while also taking a pragmatic approach’. The litigation department had another outstanding year, with highlights including its work as national coordinating counsel for Volkswagen in a host of litigation and investigations arising out of the emissions scandal; Robert Giuffra and Sharon Nelles had leading roles. In another significant case, Garrard Beeney obtained an $814.9m arbitration award for client BlackBerry in a dispute with Qualcomm, representing one of the highest commercial arbitration awards on record. Renata Hesse, formerly the head of the antitrust division at the Department of Justice, joined the Washington DC office in 2017. David Tulchin is recommended. Other distinguished litigators at the firm include David Braff and Richard Pepperman II; Thomas White is another lawyer making his mark in the team. Above-named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has ‘a uniformly excellent and tough team’ and great strength in depth. The New York office is home to leading light Robert Giuffra, who alongside rising star Matthew Schwartz secured, on behalf of UBS, a unanimous reversal of a decision to deny a motion to dismiss an investor’s complaint, in a case arising from collateral debt obligation (CDO) and RMBS transactions. Schwartz and key partner David Braff secured the dismissal of claims against Goldman Sachs in cases related to the issuance of auction rate securities. Giuffra and Richard Klapper also advised Goldman Sachs on a high-profile case at the Second Circuit. Sharon Nelles is a highly esteemed securities litigator and she defended Volkswagen in several cases arising from the diesel emissions scandal. Richard Pepperman, Jeffrey Scott, Washington DC-based Daryl Libow and Robert Sacks in Los Angeles are also recommended. Clients also remark that ‘world-class counselor’ William Monahan in New York is ‘highly knowledgeable and has excellent strategic sense’.

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