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Loigman, Robert S.

Robert S. Loigman

Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7444
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Bob Loigman was named a Law360 Banking Law MVP for 2021, in recognition of his successful defense at trial of ten investment managers sued by Citibank in a case stemming from over $500 million in payments on syndicated term loans.  Bob was also recognized by American Lawyer as Litigator of the Week for the victory in that case.

Bob’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including matters involving hedge funds, securities, and bankruptcy-related issues. Mr. Loigman has pursued claims against major financial institutions (such as banks and broker-dealers), accounting firms, investment managers, administrators, and others on behalf of corporations, hedge funds, investor groups, and trustees and liquidators. 

Bob has extensive experience litigating fraudulent transfer actions, including in the context of some the largest Ponzi schemes in history.  In addition to representing the Trustee of the Petters Liquidating Trust, pursuing claims against several of the largest net winners and banks implicated in Tom Petters’ multi-billion dollar fraud, Bob represented some of the biggest Madoff investors, defending claims asserted by the Madoff trustee against funds that lost hundreds of millions of dollars at the hands of Bernie Madoff.

Bob has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of securities cases and other commercial disputes in courts throughout the country.

Bob graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Bob graduated first in his class from Amherst College, and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.  Bob has an extensive background in the study of economics:  in college, he was recognized as the outstanding economics student in his graduating class, and in law school he served as an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.  Following law school, Bob clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • Represented the PCI Liquidation Trust, the Chapter 7 Trustee of Polaroid Corp., and the Chapter 7 Trustee of Petters Capital in a fraudulent transfer action against a major bank and private equity firm stemming from their sale of Polaroid to Thomas Petters, who orchestrated one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history.
  • Represented two of the largest Madoff “feeder funds” in litigation against the trustee of the Madoff estate and related proceedings in bankruptcy court and federal district court.
  • Represented holders of hundreds of millions of dollars of bank debt and bonds in the defunct Le Nature’s Inc., asserting claims against a major bank, accounting firms, and an equipment manufacturing company.
  • Represented the trustee of a litigation trust in a complex dispute with a major bank concerning operation of the chapter 11 plan.
  • Represented the RSH Liquidating Trust in an action against the former directors and CEO of RadioShack, asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented a monoline insurer in connection with the bankruptcy of Jefferson County, Alabama, one of the largest municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history.
  • Represented the court-appointed examiner of Dynegy Inc. in bankruptcy court proceedings.
  • Represented Solutia Inc. in bankruptcy litigation to enforce a $2 billion exit financing package.
  • Represented the trustees of a Jersey Island-based trust in an arbitration against a major broker dealer stemming from unauthorized sales of auction rate securities.
  • Represented a major defense contractor at trial in Delaware Chancery Court in which the client was awarded declaratory judgment protecting more than $1 billion of environmental and general liability insurance coverage.
  • Represented a major New York real estate developer in a series of litigations and an insurance appraisal proceeding arising out of the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, helping to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for the redevelopment of downtown Manhattan.
  • Represented a distributor of synthetic rubber in federal and state antitrust actions brought in jurisdictions throughout the country, resulting in favorable settlements of all asserted claims.
  • Represented a well-known athletic apparel company at trial, helping to yield a multi-million dollar jury verdict for a client that was initially named as the defendant, but re-designated as the plaintiff after the initiation of trial.
  • Represented a group of electronic security entrepreneurs against the purchaser of their business and former employer, obtaining a favorable outcome following litigation and mediation.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 1993)
    • Harvard Law Review:
      • Editor and Developments Editor, 1991-1993
    • John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, 1992-1993
  • Amherst College
    (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1990)
    • Woods-Travis Prize, Awarded to Student Graduating with Highest Academic Average
    • James R. Nelson Memorial Award, Awarded to Outstanding Student in Economics
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit
    • Third Circuit
    • Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Northern District of New York
  • Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman LLP:
    • Partner, 2000-2007
    • Associate, 1995-2000
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1993-1994
  • Selected as a LawDragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer, 2022-2024
  • American Lawyer, “Litigator of the Week,” February 2021
  • Named Law360 MVP for Banking Law, 2021
  • Selected to SuperLawyers (2007, 2014-2022) 
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Federal Bar Council