Holwell Shuster & Goldberg


Head Office Address:
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States

646 837 5151

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg was founded in 2012 by the Hon. Richard J. Holwell, who served as a highly respected federal judge in the Southern District of New York, and his former colleagues from White & Case: Michael S. Shuster (who was global head of commercial litigation), Daniel P. Goldberg, and Dorit Ungar Black.

Since its founding, HSG has expanded from four founding partners to approximately 60 lawyers today, giving the firm the capacity to handle complex commercial litigation matters of any size, in any forum. HSG was named the 2016 New York Law Firm of the Year and a Top 10 Boutique since 2017 by Benchmark Litigation, and, within three years of being founded, was one of 10 firms named to The National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List.

HSG serves as lead counsel for clients such as Visa, HSBC, Freddie Mac, and the state-owned Alberta Investment Management Company in a range of high-stakes commercial litigation, and is particularly well known for:

Financial Markets & Securities Litigation: HSG lawyers have been involved in numerous landmark financial markets cases, representing banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, foreign governments, trustees, and other market participants in all manners of litigation involving the world’s financial markets. At the forefront of litigation stemming from the 2008 financial crisis, HSG represented hundreds of RMBS trusts and leading bank trustees asserting so-called “putback” claims, where HSG established itself as a leader in the area. Currently, HSG represents a Canadian government investment fund pursuing “life settlement” claims against insurers over their efforts to raise premiums on investor-owned policies. 

Impact Antitrust Litigation: In addition to the firm’s ongoing representation of Visa in multidistrict litigation involving billions of dollars in potential damages, the firm’s lawyers have represented Comcast, Raytheon, General Re, Saudi Refining, Inc., and other clients in major antitrust litigation and governmental reviews. On the plaintiffs’ side, the firm represents Valassis, a MacAndrews & Forbes company, in a massive antitrust case against competitor News Corp.

Complex Commercial Disputes: HSG represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. Its clients have ranged from one of the founders of Facebook to multinational corporations, financial institutions, hedge and private equity funds, family-owned businesses, and individual directors of public companies. The firm has represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense side.

Transnational Litigation: The firm has represented numerous clients in matters with transnational dimensions, including creditors against foreign sovereigns in disputes over defaults of their debt. The firm’s lawyers have also represented various sovereigns, including Croatian, Finnish, and Canadian national banks and investment funds, in a variety of matters. Additionally, they have represented a range of commercial parties in commercial disputes with a transnational dimension, in matters ranging from international arbitrations to Section 1782 proceedings, and everything in between. Representative clients include Alstom in a dispute with GE; Montreux Partners in a dispute with Argentina; and the founders of multinational gaming conglomerate Codere in a dispute with various hedge funds.

Appellate Litigation: In addition to Judge Holwell’s experience sitting as a designated Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge, HSG draws on the experience of James M. McGuire, a respected litigator who has served the state of New York as an appellate judge, trial court judge, and as chief counsel to former Gov. George Pataki. HSG’s ranks also include multiple former U.S. Supreme Court clerks and federal circuit court clerks in its active appellate practice. Among other notable matters, the firm recently secured a first-of-its-kind Appellate Division ruling for Caterpillar on an important issue of causation in asbestos cases, which have occupied courts for decades.

Investigations/Monitorships: Bringing to bear the firm’s considerable judicial experience, HSG lawyers handle criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations, as well as independent monitorships brought about by consent decrees, settlements, or otherwise. Most recently, Judge Holwell has been serving as the independent monitor of a major financial institution under the terms of an agreement with the SEC.


Key Practice Areas:

  • Bankruptcy 
  • Product Liability 
  • Antitrust 
  • Appellate 
  • Intellectual Property 
  • White Collar Crime 
  • International Arbitration 
  • General Commercial 
  • Securities

Last updated Sept 2019