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Edwards, Steven M. (In Memoriam)

Steven M. Edwards (In Memoriam)

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7262
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Steven Edwards’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, contract disputes, fraud, insurance coverage, intellectual property, and securities litigation. He has been ranked in numerous legal publications such as Chambers, The Best Lawyers in America, and New York Super Lawyers.

Previously, Mr. Edwards was the head of the Litigation Group in New York for Hogan Lovells. From 1998 to 2000, he served as President of the Federal Bar Council, an organization of more than 3,000 lawyers who practice in the Federal Courts of the Second Circuit. He is also a past Chair of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association. In addition, he is the former President of Nazareth Housing, an organization that provides housing for the homeless, a Director of Music on the Inside, a Director of the Jazz Foundation of America and a Director and Executive Committee member of WBGO, a public radio station. He is also a co-founder and past President of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Committee for Civil Rules of the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Mr. Edwards is founder and editor emeritus of the Federal Bar Council News and has written and lectured extensively on a variety of subjects, including antitrust law, class actions, ethics, expert witnesses, privileges, and constitutional law. He also chaired the ABA’s Merger Guidelines Task Force, whose proposal was published in 81, Col. L. Rev. 1543 (1981).

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • United HealthGroup
  • IBM
  • Estee Lauder
  • Morgan Stanley
  • After a month-long bench trial, won a favorable initial trial ruling on behalf of our client US Bank, in its lawsuit against UBS seeking damages arising from UBS’s securitization of mortgages that breached contractual warranties. In the Spring of 2016, Judge Castel presided over the month-long trial, and on September 6, 2016 he issued his initial findings of fact and conclusions of law in a 239-page opinion. See MASTR Adjustable Rate Mortgages Trust 2006-OA2 et al (“MARM”). v. UBS Real Estate Securities Inc., 1:12-cv-07322 (S.D.N.Y. 9/6/16). In addition to providing several legal rulings, Judge Castel analyzed 20 “exemplar” loans and ruled in our client’s favor on 13 of 20 exemplars, and ordered that the approximately 9,300 remaining loans be sent to a special master for findings consistent with his opinion. See “UBS Handed Setback in $2 Billion Mortgage Buy-Back Lawsuit,” Bloomberg, 9/6/16.
  • Lead national counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb in average wholesale pricing cases, involving claims by more than 30 states and class plaintiffs alleging fraud and violations of state consumer protection laws.
  • Represented IBM in antitrust case and related DOJ and EC investigations alleging monopolization, tying and refusal to deal.
  • Represented United HealthGroup in antitrust case alleging price-fixing and “gun jumping” in connection with a merger.
  • Represented Ford Motor Company in Robinson-Patman case alleging price discrimination in the sale of auto parts.
  • Represented French company Flamel Technologies in securities class action alleging failure to disclose the results of a clinical trial.
  • Represented French company SDV in antitrust class action alleging price fixing in the freight forwarding business.
  • Represented Mercedes-Benz Manhattan in antitrust class action alleging price fixing and related DOJ investigation.
  • Represented Morgans Hotel Group in shareholders derivative suit.
  • Represented Primus Telecommunications in securities suit alleging controlling person liability.
  • Represented Reuters in arbitration with stock exchanges and related SEC inquiry concerning options data.
  • Represented investor in a securities suit involving definition of a security.
  • Represented Imagimed LLC in litigation against former CEO involving breach of fiduciary duty and indemnification claims, and related litigation concerning insurance coverage.
  • Represented Shaw Communications in suit over validity and infringement of patent for cellular technology.
  • Represented financial institution in trade secrets dispute arising out of alleged breach of a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Represented law firm in connection with sexual harassment claim.
  • Represented General Development Corporation and its CEO in criminal mail fraud case and related securities and RICO litigation.
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations of alleged violations of antitrust laws, fraud and employee misconduct.
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    • Virginia Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • The Raven Society
  • The University of Iowa
    • Writers’ Workshop
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • First Circuit
    • Second Circuit
    • Third Circuit
    • Fourth Circuit
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
  • Hogan Lovells:
    • Partner, (2000-2015)
  • Davis Weber & Edwards:
    • Partner & Founder, (1980-2000)
  • Cravath Swaine & Moore:
    • Associate, (1972-1980)
  • Chambers USA, Antitrust, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Law, and Securities Litigation, 2012
  • New York Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Securities Litigation, 2006-2018
  • Service Award, Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2010
  • Whitney North Seymour Award for Public Service by a Private Practitioner, Federal Bar Council, 2008
  • Federal Bar Council
    • Executive Committee Member
    • President (1998-2000)
  • Nazareth Housing:
    • Board Member
    • President (1992-2012)
  • National Center for Law and Economic Justice:
    • Treasurer
  • Jazz Foundation of America:
    • Board and Executive Committee
  • WGBO (Not for profit radio station):
    • Board and Executive Committee
  • Pro Bono Partnership:
    • Advisory Board
  • Legal Services NYC
    • Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association
  • City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association