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Lauren J. Wachtler

Partner, through her Professional Corporation - new york

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The quote, “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition” has been attributed to Marilyn Monroe but Lauren Wachtler has taken those words to heart as she dedicates a significant part of her career to helping women build ambition. Lauren has been a steadfast champion for women’s causes, working to ensure that women have equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement  and the tools they need to succeed. Her significant litigation experience has earned Lauren a well-deserved reputation as  a fearless advocate for her clients, both male and female. 

As a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Council for the Sackler Center For Feminist Art of the Brooklyn Museum, and the lawyer for Same Sky, a trade initiative devoted to empowering HIV positive women who survived the genocide in Rwanda, Lauren continues to play an active role in charitable and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to advancing and empowering women and girls. As a former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation’s Section of the New York State Bar Association, she has spearheaded a Women’s Initiative for that 3000 member Section of the Bar, and launched MSK’s first women’s initiative. 

A strong believer that education is the key to gender equity, Lauren serves on the Board of the Educational Alliance, an organization dedicated to multi-generational education in the lower east side community of New York City. A recipient of its “Champion for Change” award, she is a member of the Board of the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, and an active participant in its pet therapy program, spending Sunday mornings at the Home as a volunteer with her dog Chloe.

Experience

Legal Expertise

Lauren Wachtler focuses her practice on commercial and business litigation with extensive representation of business clients in a wide range of jury and non-jury trials in New York State and Federal Courts, including cases involving the fashion industry, retailers, manufacturers, designers, business torts, and employment-related issues. She is Co-Chair of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp's Fashion Practice Group.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented large private investment lender in multi-million dollar breach of fiduciary duty and lender liability lawsuit.
  • Successfully defended partner in case involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and undue influence.
  • Incorporated international fashion jewelry company, trademarked designs, prepared licensing agreements and assisted with distribution agreements, including the sale of merchandise through the internet.
  • Successfully represented a large bi-coastal shipping and warehousing company in matters involving shipments, warehousing agreements, lost goods and other issues.
  • Successfully represented a mid-sized overseas-based clothing company regarding a claim against a retailer for charge-backs on its merchandise.
  • Successfully resolved several matters arising from modeling contracts and photographer shoots.
  • Represented a leading lingerie and sportswear company regarding a significant employment issue.
  • Represented garment manufacturer/distributor in connection with overseas licensing agreement.
  • Successfully obtained a jury verdict for our client, a major construction company, in a complex matter involving a personal injury claim at a construction site. The claims for contractual and common law indemnification against our client were also dismissed.
  • Successfully defended numerous general contractors, construction managers and owners of large commercial properties in jury trials involving premises liability and New York Labor Law claims.
  • Successfully represented large private investment lender in multi-million dollar breach of fiduciary duty and lender liability lawsuit.
  • Successfully defended partner in case involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and undue influence.
  • Successfully defended numerous general contractors, construction managers and owners of large commercial properties in jury trials involving premises liability and New York Labor Law claims.

Honors & Awards

  • "Top 5% of lawyers in New York," New York Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, MSK Fashion Industry Practice
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Fashion Law Committee
  • American Bar Association 
  • Board Member, New York Bar Foundation
  • Commercial Division Advisory Committee, State of New York
  • Commercial Division Advisory Committee, New York County
  • Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University 
  • Advisory Board, “New Directions Program,” Pace University School of Law
  • Executive Council, Sackler Center for Feminist Art 
  • Board Member, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA)
  • Board Member, Educational Alliance
  • PJI Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the NYSBA

News

Publications

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Eastern District of New York
  •    Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeal
  •    Second Circuit
  •    Third Circuit

Education

St. Johns University, J.D., 1978

Mount Holyoke College, 1976; cum laude

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