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Corkhill, Andrew S.

Andrew S. Corkhill



Andrew Corkhill has extensive experience handling complex commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by both Law360 and Super Lawyers.  His practice focuses upon litigation and arbitration involving complex financial transactions and instruments.  Mr. Corkhill has represented numerous domestic and foreign clients in the financial services sector, including banks, hedge funds and private equity firms.  He specializes in disputes concerning structured financial products and derivatives, and has significant experience litigating standard-form documentation published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).  Mr. Corkhill has also handled numerous matters in the health care and insurance sectors, including commercial disputes, government investigations, and ERISA class actions. Before joining the firm in 2009, Mr. Corkhill was a litigator in the Sydney office of the Australian law firm Clayton Utz.


  Notable Representations

  • Obtained a very favorable settlement for the Lehman Brothers Estate in a derivatives dispute with Citibank that required Citi to return $1.74 billion of the $2 billion in collateral that Citi held at the time of Lehman’s default. The settlement was reached after a 6 month trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Obtained a $100 million award for National Australia Bank in a FINRA arbitration against Goldman Sachs arising out of fraudulent misrepresentations made by Goldman in connection with the sale of $80 million in CDO securities.
  • Currently representing pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts in a $15 billion contract dispute with its largest client, Anthem, as well as a related ERISA class action brought by members of Anthem health plans.
  • Currently representing Express Scripts in multiple class actions—alleging both RICO and ERISA violations—arising out of increases in the price of epinephrine dispensers.
  • Currently representing the Lehman Brothers Estate in a multi-billion derivatives dispute against Credit Suisse concerning the close-out of foreign exchange, interest rate and credit default swaps following the Lehman bankruptcy.
  • Secured judgment on the pleadings for Zions Bank in a contract dispute with trustee Wells Fargo concerning the interpretation of a CDO indenture.
  • Obtained a $650 million settlement for American International Group in a long-running fraud action against Bank of America and Countrywide arising out of misrepresentations made in conjunction with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Negotiated a successful settlement for American International Group in $1.5 billion dispute with Canadian property consortium Brookfield Asset Management relating to the interpretation and application of an ISDA Master Agreement governing a long-dated interest rate swap.


  • Harvard Law School
    (LL.M., 2009)

  • University of Sydney Law School
    (LL.B., First Class Honors, 2006)
    • Sydney University Law Review:
      • Editor
    • Sybil Morrison Prize

  • University of Sydney
    (B.A., First Class Honors and University Medal, 2004)
    • John Anderson Prize for Best Thesis in Philosophy


The State Bar of New York; United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit; United States District Court: Southern District of New York; Australia (Federal Courts and State Supreme Court of New South Wales).

  Prior Associations

  • Clayton Utz (Sydney, Australia):
    • Associate, 2007-2008

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Peter R. Graham:
    • Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, Australia, 2007-2008

Publications and Lectures

  • The Evolution of the Common Law Principle of ‘Issue Waiver’ (2008) 82 Australian Law Journal 338
  • ‘Dangerous’ Substances and Activities in the Context of a Non-delegable Duty of Care (2007) 15(3) Torts Law Journal 233 
  • Merger Regulation Reform: Do We Need a Formal Clearance Process? (2006) 28 Sydney Law Review 535