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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

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Edward M. Spiro is a litigator with many years of experience handling complex commercial and criminal litigation at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts, and in arbitrations, for individual and corporate clients. Ed has extensive experience defending litigation related to concurrent governmental investigations or prosecutions, including class actions, derivative cases, and other complex matters involving the securities and antitrust laws. He has represented corporate officers in litigation relating to the Sumitomo copper scandal, Global Crossing, Ltd., and options backdating. Ed also has represented officers and directors of two major pharmaceutical companies in derivative and class action litigation. He is currently representing individuals in Madoff-related civil litigation, a major financial institution in litigation concerning collateralized debt obligations, and a former senior executive of Petrobras in class action securities litigation. Ed represents law firms and accounting firms in a variety of contexts, including on partnership issues and matters of professional responsibility and liability. He has served as an expert in the areas of legal ethics and standards of care.


Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC, 1994.


Ed is a member of the Attorney Grievance Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department. He recently completed his term as a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association. He is a former director of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and former Chair of its Committee on Professional Discipline. Ed is a former Chair of the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York City Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation and Criminal Justice Sections), the New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Sections), and the Federal Bar Council. In addition, Ed is a member of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York and Chair of its Audit Committee. He also is a trustee of the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.


Boston University School of Law (J.D., cum laude; Member, Law Review), 1976; Colgate University (B.A., cum laude), 1973.

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United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

Litigation boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. in New York has a long history of acting in complex white-collar, securities enforcement and regulatory matters, as well as complex business disputes. Edward Spiro and Elkan Abramowitz played roles in one of the most high-profile cases of recent years, having represented the former CEO of Petrobras in a securities class action relating to an alleged bid-rigging and bribery scheme. Spiro and Lawrence Bader were involved in one of the key cases in the life sciences sector last year, having represented former officers and directors of pharmaceutical company Merck & Co in derivative litigation arising from an alleged delay in publishing disappointing clinical trial results. Also recommended are Robert Anello, who acted for an individual in Madoff-related litigation, and Judith Mogul.