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Scott Ruskay-Kidd focuses on complex commercial litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Ruskay-Kidd’s experience ranges across federal and state court litigation, arbitration, regulatory matters, and investigations. Mr. Ruskay-Kidd has successfully defended clients in an array of high-profile and sensitive cases. Mr. Ruskay-Kidd’s practice encompasses securities litigation, domestic and global financial fraud, accountants’ liability, complex contract disputes, and significant real estate actions. 

Mr. Ruskay-Kidd has represented:

•  A bank in its defense of claims that it fraudulently sold collateralized debt obligation (CDO) notes, resulting in one of the few recent decisions awarding a bank pre-discovery dismissal of a claim involving mortgage-backed securities.

•  Mutual funds in multidistrict litigation arising out of the financial crisis.

•  An entity accused of aiding and abetting a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme.

•  An international accounting association in its defense of class action and other claims arising from the bankruptcy of Parmalat, with alleged losses exceeding $10 billion.

•  The official committee of General Motors’ unsecured creditors during the reorganization of General Motors.

•  Leading real estate developers, as plaintiffs and defendants, in litigations concerning unconsummated sales, foreclosures, defaults and allegations of fraud.

•  A prominent insurance company in governmental investigations of alleged bid rigging and other improper arrangements with insurance brokers.

•  A major mutual fund group in investigations by the SEC and other authorities into late trading and market timing.

•  A large insurance company in its defense of a class action alleging that it misrepresented the performance of its annuities.

•  A private equity firm and other companies in an array of different lawsuits alleging misrepresentations and breaches in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

•  Public figures in confidential criminal investigations.

•  Clients conducting discovery in an array of foreign jurisdictions.

•  Pro bono clients in constitutional and civil rights litigation, including Lawrence v. Texas.

Mr. Ruskay-Kidd was a 2015 inaugural recipient of the firm’s Marvin Frankel Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Contributions.

Recent Appellate Decisions:

•  People v. Johnson, 22 N.Y.3d 1162 (2014)

•  Excelsior Capital LLC v. Allen, 536 F. App’x 58 (2013)

•  CARI, LLC v. 415 Greenwich Fee Owner, LLC, 91 A.D.3d 583, 939 N.Y.S.2d 319 (1st Dep’t 2012)

•  Goldberg v. Nugent, 85 A.D.3d 459, 924 N.Y.S.2d 265 (1st Dep’t 2011)

•  Mark v. Lenfest, 80 A.D.3d 426, 914 N.Y.S.2d 141 (1st Dep’t 2011)

•  El-Ad 250 West, LLC v. 30 Hubert St. LLC, 67 A.D.3d 520, 891 N.Y.S.2d 11 (1st Dep’t 2009)


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1998
  • James Kent Scholar
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Senior Editor and published author, Columbia Law Review
A.B., Social Studies, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1995
  • John Harvard Scholar
  • Harvard National Scholar
  • Carol K. Pforzheimer Fellow
  • Institute of Politics Public Service Fellow
New York, 1999
Honorable Robert D. Sack,  U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit, 1999 - 2000
Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr.,  U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York, 1998 - 1999
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.C.A., 10th Circuit
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., District of Colorado
    -NYSBA’s Empire State Counsel honor (2015)
    -New York State Bar Association
    -New York City Bar Association