Mr Robert Ward > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Litigation


Robert J. Ward focuses his practice on commercial and securities litigation. Bob has represented major corporations, commercial banks, investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and other business entities in complex commercial and securities litigation, in federal and state courts, in New York and elsewhere. He has defended and prosecuted claims of breach of contract, fraud, accountants liability, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence by corporate officers and directors, breach of covenants not to compete, professional malpractice and intellectual property infringement. He also has extensive arbitration and mediation experience. Recent significant representations include Black Diamond and Spectrum in connection with litigations involving Allied Systems, Ruane Cunniff in connection with class actions and derivative claims, GEMS Education in connection with litigation arising out of a lease agreement with a New York property developer, Boston Properties in several real estate matters, Starwood Capital and Starwood Hotels on a variety of commercial and securities law cases, Credit Suisse in a case involving a complex debt restructuring, Merrill Lynch & Co. in a case involving the Seminole tribe in Florida, a subsidiary of Pfizer in a lengthy confirmation hearing in bankruptcy court, real estate developer Millennium Partners in various tax matters, and several mutual fund companies in ‘40 Act claims in federal court.

Bob was selected by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, The Legal 500 US and New York Super Lawyers as one of New York’s leading litigators. He is the co-author of the “United States — New York” and “United States — Federal Law” chapters in Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution, published by Law Business Research Ltd., and the author of “Breach of Duty: Classical Theory,” a chapter in the Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book, published by Practising Law Institute. He is a member of the bars of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits. 


New York University School of Law, JD; Tufts University, BA, magna cum laude.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

From its offices in New York and Washington DC, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP excels in litigation related to investment management. It also has expertise in broker-dealer disputes, shareholder activism and proxy contests. In a highlight matter, co-chair Michael Swartz recently won a series of victories for hedge fund venBio Select Advisor and is continuing to advise the company relating to its proxy contest at Immunomedics. Elsewhere, William Gussman is representing TPG Specialty Lending in securing repayment of credit from IHeartMedia, after the latter went into bankruptcy. Other key lawyers to note are co-chair of litigation group Peter White (in DC); Taleah Jennings, who focuses on fiduciary-related issues; Gary Stein, who has deep experience at appellate level; and Robert Ward, who specializes in commercial and securities litigation.