AREA OF PRACTICE

Litigation & Commercial Disputes

Biography

Lauren Tabaksblat represents clients through all stages of complex commercial litigation from pre-litigation advisory services through trial and appeal. Lauren has extensive experience handling complex real estate disputes, civil RICO and other securities actions, professional malpractice, tax, insurance and other high stakes matters. She regularly represents publicly traded companies, private corporations, and high net worth individuals in high stake disputes in state and federal courts and arbitrations throughout the country.

Law360 named Lauren a 2019 Rising Star in the Trials category, one of only five attorneys recognized in this category nationwide. Lauren has been recognized as a Leading Lady in Real Estate by Real Estate Weekly, included on Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List and named a Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal.

Representation

Real Estate Disputes and Environmental Actions

Real estate investor Erwin Gonzalez in a partnership dispute involving over $250 million in real estate assets.

Allied Partners and its principal Eric Hadar in disputes over the fraudulent and defective remediation of the historic Miami Savoy hotel.

Board of Managers of 325 Fifth Avenue in recovering over $20 million in damages, repairs, and other relief from the defective construction of the building and fraudulent efforts to conceal known defects.

Beverly Hills Unified School District in a NEPA action against the FTA challenging the proposed route for the Los Angeles subway extension, which was set to run under Beverly Hills High School.

The Related Companies in disputes with a joint venture partner.

Securities and Civil RICO

Lauren has been handling securities fraud and civil RICO cases for over a decade. Her experience includes the ground-breaking defense of a short-selling attack against Fairfax Financial Holdings in an unprecedented, highly publicized civil RICO lawsuit credited with saving the company and restoring $2 billion in investor value. She has advised numerous other public companies subject to disinformation attacks, including AmTrust Financial Services, Resolute Forest Products, Harvey Norman Limited, Amira Foods and Energy Transfer Partners.

Lauren also represents defrauded investors in securities and fraud actions, including a public state pension fund and several mutual funds pursuing direct securities fraud claims and New Jersey RICO claims in an opt-out suit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals arising from Valeant’s improper accounting and business practices.

Complex Business and Tax Disputes

Insurers including AIG, AmTrust and Fairfax Financial Holdings in coverage defense and other business disputes.

New York investment banker Denis Bovin.

New York architect Robert Siegel of Gwathmey, Siegel & Associates Architects.

Software Implementation Litigation

Lauren has represented companies seeking to obtain recovery from consulting firms and software providers in connection with mission-critical software projects plagued by delayed or disastrous go-lives, deficient project management, missing functionality

A leading healthcare company in a dispute with a software developer over a failed implementation of insurance claims processing software.

Avantor Performance Materials in an action against IBM stemming from the failed implementation of SAP software and an IBM software product.

Criminal and Regulatory Enforcement

Lauren has represented individuals and organizations in white collar criminal and regulatory inquiries by the U.S. Justice Department, securities regulators, and state prosecutors and regulators, including the New York State Assembly in the Moreland Commission investigation.

Fiduciary Duty Litigation

Lauren regularly defends complex fiduciary duty claims.

Successful Third Circuit appeal dismissing breach of fiduciary duty verdicts against certain officers and directors of the historic Lemington Home in Pittsburgh, PA.

Reinstatement of directors improperly ousted from the board of 1035 Fifth Avenue.

Professional Malpractice

Lauren has secured multi-million dollar malpractice recoveries against lawyers, accountants, and other professionals and has also successfully defended malpractice claims, including claims asserted against a New York City accounting firm.

Education

New York University School of Law – J.D., 2008
Barnard College, Columbia University – B.A., cum laude, 2005

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey
Publications
Co- Author, “BHUSD v. FTA’: How the Court Departed From NEPA’s Presumptive Remedy”, New York Law Journal, April 2018
Awards and Honors
Law360 2019 Rising Star in the Trials category
Law360 2018 Trial Group Of the Year
Leading Lady in Real Estate by Real Estate Weekly
Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List
“Women Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal
Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Star