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Paul F. Corcoran is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Corcoran has extensive trial and appellate experience in both federal and state courts throughout the United States.  He counsels clients on complex commercial litigation matters, including RICO suits, securities fraud suits, antitrust litigation, intellectual properties disputes, Sarbanes-Oxley claims, contract disputes, fraud and fiduciary duty claims, class actions, discrimination and defamation suits, partnership and real estate-related litigation. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Corcoran was selected as a Super Lawyer by New York Metro Super Lawyers (2014-2016).

After serving as Notes and Comments Editor on the St. John's Law Review, Mr. Corcoran began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Adrian Burke on the New York Court of Appeals. Thereafter, he served five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Mr. Corcoran has been a partner at Davis & Gilbert since 1993. Since 2006, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University School of Law where he teaches Federal Practice.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

  • Successfully defended a $1.1-million breach of contract claim related to the earn-out payment on a corporate acquisition by obtaining a dismissal of the suit with prejudice and a $117,000 sanction award against plaintiff and his counsel for discovery violations.
  • Represented the world's largest marketing communications conglomerate in federal securities and shareholder derivative actions brought against the founders and venture capitalist insiders of a start-up media company, concerning the alleged improper diversion of $54 million of investment capital.
  • Successfully represented two global investment banks in a federal interpleader action construing a complicated indenture to define priority of payment rights after an event of default in a CDO transaction.
  • Successfully defended a major advertising agency in a $42 million indemnification action by a client alleging the agency misappropriated the ideas, concepts and images of a third party.
  • Defeated an injunction action against a lending institution and successfully recovered $2 million in lock rate fees from a putative borrower.
  • Obtained a permanent injunction defeating the efforts of New York City landlord Sheldon Solow to terminate a bank’s $20 million dollar leasehold interest at 9 West 57th Street.
  • Successfully defended a Sarbanes-Oxley whistle-blower claim that an employee was improperly terminated and retaliated against for cooperating in a criminal investigation.
  • Successfully defended a law firm against RICO and securities fraud suit brought by a company investor charging board members and the company’s law firm.
  • Represented several national advertising agencies in a multi-billion dollar class action seeking statutory penalties for alleged labor law violations relating to the timing of wage payments to employees working on TV programs, commercials, and music videos produced in the State of California.
  • Successfully defended a $48 million dollar antitrust suit brought by the antitrust victim against a supplier who previously pled guilty to the underlying criminal antitrust violations.
  • Defended a bank’s law firm in a multi-million dollar class action suit alleging RESPA violations.
  • Defended an advertising agency and its principals in a securities fraud suit by a former executive who charged insider trading in connection with the company’s repurchase of his company stock.
  • Obtained summary judgment and successfully defended on appeal the dismissal of an accounting action brought by a former partner of a defunct law firm against his former partners.
  • Obtained a reversal by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of the federal mail fraud conviction of Jay Adolf, counsel to New York Speakers of Assembly Mel Miller, on grounds that the proof before the trial court was deficient as a matter of law.

PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author, "Our Best Offer: Rule 68 and TCPA Class Actions," Davis & Gilbert 2016 Mitigating Risk: Key Litigation Developments

Co-Author, "The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Privacy Legislation Gone Awry?Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, October 2014

Co-Author, "New York Courts, Not The Parties, Have The Last Word on Contractual Intent," D&G Litigation Newsletter, Summer 2012

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association
The Federal Bar Council
The New York State Bar Association
The New York Council of Defense Lawyers
Nassau County Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York State Courts 
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits
U.S. District Courts, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

EDUCATION

St. John's University School of Law, J.D., St. Thomas More Scholar
St. Francis College, B.A.


REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

  • Successfully defended a $1.1-million breach of contract claim related to the earn-out payment on a corporate acquisition by obtaining a dismissal of the suit with prejudice and a $117,000 sanction award against plaintiff and his counsel for discovery violations.
  • Represented the world's largest marketing communications conglomerate in federal securities and shareholder derivative actions brought against the founders and venture capitalist insiders of a start-up media company, concerning the alleged improper diversion of $54 million of investment capital.
  • Successfully represented two global investment banks in a federal interpleader action construing a complicated indenture to define priority of payment rights after an event of default in a CDO transaction.
  • Successfully defended a major advertising agency in a $42 million indemnification action by a client alleging the agency misappropriated the ideas, concepts and images of a third party.
  • Defeated an injunction action against a lending institution and successfully recovered $2 million in lock rate fees from a putative borrower.
  • Obtained a permanent injunction defeating the efforts of New York City landlord Sheldon Solow to terminate a bank’s $20 million dollar leasehold interest at 9 West 57th Street.
  • Successfully defended a Sarbanes-Oxley whistle-blower claim that an employee was improperly terminated and retaliated against for cooperating in a criminal investigation.
  • Successfully defended a law firm against RICO and securities fraud suit brought by a company investor charging board members and the company’s law firm.
  • Represented several national advertising agencies in a multi-billion dollar class action seeking statutory penalties for alleged labor law violations relating to the timing of wage payments to employees working on TV programs, commercials, and music videos produced in the State of California.
  • Successfully defended a $48 million dollar antitrust suit brought by the antitrust victim against a supplier who previously pled guilty to the underlying criminal antitrust violations.
  • Defended a bank’s law firm in a multi-million dollar class action suit alleging RESPA violations.
  • Defended an advertising agency and its principals in a securities fraud suit by a former executive who charged insider trading in connection with the company’s repurchase of his company stock.
  • Obtained summary judgment and successfully defended on appeal the dismissal of an accounting action brought by a former partner of a defunct law firm against his former partners.
  • Obtained a reversal by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of the federal mail fraud conviction of Jay Adolf, counsel to New York Speakers of Assembly Mel Miller, on grounds that the proof before the trial court was deficient as a matter of law.

PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author, "Our Best Offer: Rule 68 and TCPA Class Actions," Davis & Gilbert 2016 Mitigating Risk: Key Litigation Developments

Co-Author, "The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Privacy Legislation Gone Awry?Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, October 2014

Co-Author, "New York Courts, Not The Parties, Have The Last Word on Contractual Intent," D&G Litigation Newsletter, Summer 2012

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association
The Federal Bar Council
The New York State Bar Association
The New York Council of Defense Lawyers
Nassau County Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York State Courts 
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits
U.S. District Courts, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

EDUCATION

St. John's University School of Law, J.D., St. Thomas More Scholar
St. Francis College, B.A.