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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:

•  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 and allegations of fraud following the recent financial crisis.

•  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, 539 U.S. 558 (2003).

Recent Appellate Decisions:

•  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
New York, 1999
Honorable Robert D. Sack,  United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1999 - 2000
Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr.,  United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1998 - 1999
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    -New York State Bar Association
    -New York City Bar Association