Robert J. Ward is a partner in the Litigation Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. He 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. Bob received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University.