Mr David Crichlow > Katten > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

NEW YORK, NY 10022-2585
United States

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David Crichlow, national chair of the Commercial Litigation group, represents large companies in some of their most important litigation. He serves as lead trial counsel on high-stakes commercial, class action and bankruptcy litigation, with experience that includes nine- and ten-figure disputes. David has represented clients in multibillion-dollar RMBS consolidated litigation, fraudulent inducement claims with respect to asset purchase agreements for significant commercial businesses, and litigation in or related to the bankruptcies of the Caesars Entertainment Operation Company, Solutia, Enron and Refco.

Clients that turn to David include some of the largest banks in the United States and Europe, major oil and industrial gas companies, private equity firms and large pension funds. His wide-ranging experience includes representing an indenture trustee in its $6 billion claim against the gaming company Caesars pursuant to a parent guarantee in the applicable indenture, the equity committee in the Solutia bankruptcy in its $2 billion claim against a former parent, and a Cayman Island hedge fund against a $324 million preference action in the Refco bankruptcy.

David’s class action defense practice includes his work defending an indenture trustee against a “bet-the-company” class action claim relating to a bond offering alleged to be part of a Ponzi scheme, and defending a US auto financing company against a nationwide class bringing consumer claims under various motor vehicle leasing consumer protection statutes. In over 30 years of practice, he has gained particular experience with clients in the financial services and life sciences industries.


JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1989; BA, Hofstra University, 1985

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Often working in conjunction with the firm’s financial services departments on litigation and transactional matters, Katten regularly works with public and private companies across a spectrum of industries and is led by David Crichlow, who frequently acts as lead trial counsel on bankruptcy, class action and commercial litigation. Anthony Paccione has assisted domestic and foreign banks, Fortune 500 companies and hedge funds in commercial and securities litigation. Chicago’s Peter Wilson advises financial services firms and public companies in criminal investigations and regulatory inquiries. Sarah Weber splits her time between Chicago and New York and served as a litigator for financial services clients, and has also represented clients in internal investigations, regulatory and enforcement proceedings, and white-collar criminal matters. Geoffrey Young joined the team from Reed Smith LLP in March 2022. All mentioned individuals are located in New York, unless stated otherwise.