PRACTICE AREAS


Mr. Cheifetz practices general litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation. He has represented major financial institutions, investment firms, accounting organizations, housing cooperatives, corporations, and individuals in state and federal court litigation, administrative proceedings, and arbitration. Mr. Cheifetz also has experience in matters of federal courts and jurisdiction, securities litigation, and with the common law rules of vicarious liability, agency, and in pari delicto, particularly in the area of auditor liability defense.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented international accounting organization in successful dismissal of numerous multi-billion dollar lawsuits arising out of the bankruptcy of Italian dairy conglomerate, Parmalat.
  • Represented law professor amicus in New York Court of Appeals presenting arguments for applying the common law rule of in pari delicto to bar a suit by Refco Litigation Trustee against auditor defendants, which were adopted by the Court in a major decision reaffirming the application of the in pari delicto defense in auditor liability cases.
  • Defended CEO of a subsidiary of major investment bank in a three-week administrative proceeding before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Represented large cooperative corporation in litigation against the New York City Department of Finance challenging the imposition of a multi-million dollar property transfer tax.
  • Represented multi-billion dollar investment fund in a dispute concerning the net asset value of a real estate investment trust in bench trial in Southern District of New York.
  • Represented nonprofit health services organization in litigation concerning the termination of a substantial grant award and successfully defended motion to dismiss on appeal to the First Department.
  • Advised independent fiduciary of voluntary employee benefits association in multi-billion dollar dispute pertaining to valuation of call options in major auto manufacturer.
  • Represented Wall Street investment firm in a two-week jury trial regarding veil-piercing claims brought in New York state court.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


EDUCATION

J.D., cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2006

B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University, 2001