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Greg Markel

Partner

New York
Direct: (212) 218-5579
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Greg Markel is chairman of the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office, is Co-Chair of the national Securities Litigation Practice, and is a member of the National Litigation Leadership Team.  Mr. Markel is a nationally known trial lawyer with great experience in securities litigation, corporate governance litigation, mergers and acquisition litigation, directors and officers defense, and antitrust litigation particularly in bet your company cases.

He is a recognized leader in the profession.  He has for years been ranked by Chambers for Securities Litigation.  He was named by Best Lawyers as M&A Litigation, Lawyer of the Year, for 2017.  LawDragon magazine recently inducted Mr. Markel into its Hall of Fame and recognized Mr. Markel as a “legend” and one of only 50 lawyers and judges in the legal profession in the United States who was named to the Law Dragon 500 for 10 consecutive years.  He has also been recognized by many other publications including Super Lawyers which rated him as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New York, by Benchmark as a national Litigation Star, for outstanding performance by Best Lawyer’s in America, Legal 500 Leading Commercial Litigators, “Best in Class” in the legal profession by BestofUS.com, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators and many others.

Mr. Markel is a graduate of Yale Law School, the University of Michigan with an MBA in Finance and Columbia College.

He is a member of the Business Law, Litigation and Antitrust sections of the American Bar Association; the Federal Bar Council; the City Bar Committee on Securities Litigation; the Securities Industry Association – Compliance & Legal Division, and the New York State Bar Association – Commercial Litigation Section.  Mr. Markel frequently speaks on panels and writes on a range of topics, such as director’s and officer’s liability, securities litigation, commercial litigation, accountants’ defense, law firm management and Internet litigation.

Greg Markel is chairman of the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office, is Co-Chair of the national Securities Litigation Practice, and is a member of the National Litigation Leadership Team.  Mr. Markel is a nationally known trial lawyer with great experience in securities litigation, corporate governance litigation, mergers and acquisition litigation, directors and officers defense, and antitrust litigation particularly in bet your company cases.

He is a recognized leader in the profession.  He has for years been ranked by Chambers for Securities Litigation.  He was named by Best Lawyers as M&A Litigation, Lawyer of the Year, for 2017.  LawDragon magazine recently inducted Mr. Markel into its Hall of Fame and recognized Mr. Markel as a “legend” and one of only 50 lawyers and judges in the legal profession in the United States who was named to the Law Dragon 500 for 10 consecutive years.  He has also been recognized by many other publications including Super Lawyers which rated him as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New York, by Benchmark as a national Litigation Star, for outstanding performance by Best Lawyer’s in America, Legal 500 Leading Commercial Litigators, “Best in Class” in the legal profession by BestofUS.com, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators and many others.

Mr. Markel is a graduate of Yale Law School, the University of Michigan with an MBA in Finance and Columbia College.

He is a member of the Business Law, Litigation and Antitrust sections of the American Bar Association; the Federal Bar Council; the City Bar Committee on Securities Litigation; the Securities Industry Association – Compliance & Legal Division, and the New York State Bar Association – Commercial Litigation Section.  Mr. Markel frequently speaks on panels and writes on a range of topics, such as director’s and officer’s liability, securities litigation, commercial litigation, accountants’ defense, law firm management and Internet litigation.

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School (1972)

  • M.B.A., University of Michigan (1968)

  • B.A., Columbia University (1967)

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

Affiliations

  • Legal Aid Society (Served maximum of 2, three year terms)
  • New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) (Board Member)
  • Junior Achievement of New York (Board Member)
  • American Bar Association (Business Law, Litigation and Antitrust sections)
  • Historical Society of New York Courts (Board Member)
  • Federal Bar Council
  • City Bar Committee on Securities Litigation
  • Securities Industry Association (Compliance & Legal Division)
  • New York State Bar Association (Commercial Litigation Section)
  • New York Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Recognition

  • Chambers USA for Securities Litigation Defense Attorneys
  • LawDragon.com as a “legend” and as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2005-2015), one of the 500 Leading Litigators in America (2006-2015), and one of the 100 Securities Litigators You Need to Know (2008-2016)
  • “Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing” (2007, 2016)
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association - “The Boris Kostelanetz President’s Medal” (December 17, 2013)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in New York, New York SuperLawyers (2010–2017)
  • Benchmark Litigation Leading Commercial Litigators (2007–2017), Litigation Star
  • "The Best Lawyers in America," as one of the top litigators for Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Securities Litigation
  • Legal 500 Leading Commercial Litigators in the United States
  • "Best in Class" in the legal profession by BestofUS.com
  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in New York

Publications

Securities, Corporate Governance and Board Issues

Presentations

  • Moderator, “Diversity in the Law Department, Law Firm & Courts,” New York County Lawyers Association (May 16, 2019)
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Risk Management Facing In-House Counsel: Prevention, Crisis Management, and Mitigating Personal Liability," ACC Webinar (April 9, 2019)
  • Panel Leader, “Making a Compelling Closing Argument,” Trial by Jury 2018, presented by PLI, New York, NY (November 7, 2018)
  • Center for Corporate Governance: “The Significance of Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate Governance Law and What Practitioners and Their Clients Need to Know,” New York County Lawyers Association (May 3, 2016)
  • “Defending Against Confidential Witnesses in Securities Fraud Class Actions,” Practical Lawyer lead article (October/November 2015)
  • Co-Program Manager, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Institute City Bar (October 16, 2015)
  • PLI Panel, Recent Developments in Securities Class Actions (July 8, 2015)
  • “Corporate Governance: Key Issues for Boards and Directors,” Webinar, presented by the American Bar Association (March 12, 2015)
  • “Corporate Governance: Hot Button Issues for Board Advisors,” ABA In The Know Panel (March 12, 2015)
  • New York City Bar Association Third Annual Securities Litigation & Enforcement Program (November 17, 2014)
  • “Litigating Claims Involving Mergers and Acquisitions: Evolving Theories of Liability and Defenses," American Conference Institute National Forum on Securities Litigation & Enforcement (February 27, 2014)
  • "Negotiating the Crossroads of Regulation and Litigation," City Bar center for CLE 2nd Annual Institute for Corporate Counsel: Navigating the Boardroom, the Courtroom & the Space Between (December 6, 2013)
  • Moderator of Panel: “Issues for General Counsel on Advising the Board of Directors on Enforcement and Litigation Issues,” Second Annual Institute for Corporate Counsel, New York City Bar (December 6, 2013)
  • New York Roundtable: Corporate Governance, Institutional Investor Education Foundation (December 9, 2011)
  • Trial By Jury, Panel: "Ethical Issues in Jury Trials," PLI (November 20, 2013)
  • Second Annual Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute, New York City Bar (November 12, 2013)
  • "Settling Class Actions:  Approval, Opt-Outs and Objectors," PLI (July 10, 2013)
  • "Jury Research, Mock Juries, and Shadow Juries," Magna Legal Conference (January 2013)
  • "First Annual Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute," New York City Bar (December 11, 2012)
  • "Institute for Corporate Counsel 2012," New York City Bar (December 7, 2012)
  • Trial By Jury, Panel: “Ethical Issues in Jury Trials,” PLI (November 2012)
  • "Ethics Issues in Internal Investigations," 2012 Energy & Commodities Conference (October 2012)
  • Seminar, “Civil Appeals and Argument,” New York State Bar Association (October 2012)
  • “The Value of Mediation in Securities Actions Settlement Discussions," Securities Litigation & Enforcement: Current Developments & Strategies, New York City Bar (2011)
  • City Bar’s Securities Litigation Program (December 6, 2011)
  • Trial By Jury, Panel: “Ethical Issues in Jury Trials,” PLI (November 2011)
  • Securities Litigation During the Credit Crisis: Current Developments & Strategies, Panel: "Settlement Trends and Tactics," New York City Bar (December 9, 2010)
  • Trial By Jury, Panel: "Ethical Issues in Jury Trials," PLI (December 1, 2010)
  • "Class Action Litigation Strategies 2010," PLI (July 2010)
  • Securities Litigation," PLUS D&O Symposium (February 3, 2010)
  • "Settlement Trends and Tactics," New York City Bar (December 8, 2009)
  • "Trial by Jury," PLI (December 2, 2009)
  • "Trial by Jury," PLI (September 12, 2008)
  • Use of Confidential Witnesses in Securities Litigation, New York City Bar (June 2009)
  • "Litigating Claims Related to Credit Default Swaps," American Conference Institute Advanced Forum on Securities Litigation (May 13, 2009)
  • 41st Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2009, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 40th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2008, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 39th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2007, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 38th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2006, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 37th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2005, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 36th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2004, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 35th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2003, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 34th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2002, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 33rd Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2001, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 32nd Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 2000, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • 31st Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, 1999, Securities Litigation Panel 
  • "How to Reduce Corporate Litigation Costs and Still Win Your Case," New York City Bar Association (October 30, 2008)
  • "Credit Crisis Effects on the U.S. Economy," AIG's 21st Annual Stowe, Vermont Conference (September 9, 2008)
  • "Current Issues in D&O Liability & Insurance," New York City Bar (June 6, 2008)
  • "Parallel Proceedings in Securities Cases 2008, " PLI (January 2008)
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege for the In-House Lawyer, " PLI (December 2007)
  • "The Mediation of Securities Class Actions," JAMS (September 25, 2007)
  • "Legal Developments in Directors & Officers Insurance," Association of the Bar of the City of New York (June 2007)
  • West Legalworks' Litigation and Resolution of Complex Class Actions, panel on "Defending Accountants and Attorneys under the Securities Laws" (November 29, 2006)
  • Panel, "Overlapping Civil Litigation and Regulatory Investigations: Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Worse . . . ," PLI’s Managing Complex Litigation 2006 ( November 2006)
  • "D&O Mediations: A Method to the Madness," The New York City Bar (2006)
  • "Help or Hindrance? CAFA’s Effect on Corporate Defendants’ Litigation Strategy is Not So Clear," GC New York (February 13, 2006)
  • Panel discussion, "Enron on Trial," Forbes.com Video Network (January 2006)
  • "New Trends in SEC Investigations and Class-Action Litigation," The SEC Institute’s 21st Annual National SEC Reporting Conference, New York (December 19, 2005)
  • "D&O Liability & Insurance 2005," Association of the Bar of the City of New York (June 2005)
  • "Recent Developments in Shareholder Litigation & Related Government Enforcement Initiatives," New York State Bar Association (June 2005)
  • 2005 D&O Market Trends Seminar Series (February 2005)
  • Financial Institution’s Liability Developments, Bermuda (September 2005)
  • D&O Liability Developments, Bermuda (September 2005)
  • Litigation Leadership Roundtable (August 2005)
  • Commentary and Instruction to Various Banks and Investment Banks on the Interagency Statement on Sound Practices Concerning Complex Structured Finance Activities (July and August 2004)
  • Financial Institution’s Liability Developments, Bermuda (June 2004)
  • D&O Liability Developments, Bermuda (June 2004)
  • "The New Era of Litigation Against Financial Institutions," Association of the Bar of the City of New York (June 2004)
  • "A Sarbanes-Oxley Update," Association of the Bar of the City of New York (June 2004)
  • "The Financial Institution Crisis: An In depth Look," PLUS D&O Conference (February 2004)
  • "Litigating A Class Action Case, What Every Litigator Needs to Know," NYSBA (January 2004)
  • "Litigating the Financial Fraud Case," NYSBA (January 2003)
  • "Litigation and Resolution of Complex Class Actions" (December 2002)
  • Speech to Professional Liability Insurers on IPO Allocation Cases (September 2001)
  • "OnLine Securities Trading Litigation" (November 2000)
  • "How to Settle a Class Action," PLI (July 1998)
  • "Directors Duties and Responsibility," Directors Roundtable