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A founding partner of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Dorit Ungar Black holds a dual law degree and is a native German speaker. She has expertise in international arbitration, and has practiced in both civil and common law jurisdictions since 1999, including courts in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Vienna, Austria. Dorit focuses her practice on disputes regarding commercial contracts, complicated financial instruments, business acquisitions, business torts, insurance disputes, commercial leases, and international construction projects.
Among other matters, Dorit currently represents affiliates of Alberta’s government-owned investment fund in claims against insurers concerning “life settlement” insurance premium disputes. Recently, Dorit represented bank trustees in a bench trial involving RMBS putback claims that resulted in a verdict of $2.4 billion; among other things, she was responsible for putting on the trustees’ damages case at trial. Dorit’s other representative matters include a $120 million suit by a Canadian toy manufacturer against her client, a product-safety testing laboratory; Comcast Corporation in a major antitrust class action; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in an arbitration involving a Texas power plant; U.S. hedge fund Camulos Capital in a dispute with a German subsidiary of Lehman Brothers over a repo agreement worth more than $100 million; the heirs to the Herzog Collection, the largest private art collection in Hungary prior to World War II, in a lawsuit against the Hungarian government and its state-owned museums and instrumentalities seeking the return of more than 40 artworks with an estimated combined value of more than $100 million; various companies in the Eurofins group, a publicly traded French conglomerate whose subsidiaries are engaged in, among other things, the biotechnology and life sciences industry; Çukurova Holding A.S., a Turkish industrial and commercial conglomerate, in post-judgment and appellate proceedings before the S.D.N.Y. and the Second Circuit, respectively, relating to the enforcement of a $932 million arbitral award against Çukurova; and a Japanese pharmaceutical company in an arbitration arising from its acquisition of a Mexican manufacturer of medicinal and over-the-counter products.
Among her many accolades, Dorit was recognized on Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural Under 40 Hot List, and has been named a Female Powerbroker by Law360; a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal; a Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal; a Top Woman Attorney in the New York Metro Area by Super Lawyers; and Boutique Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly.
Prior to founding HSG, Dorit was a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, and before that was an associate at White & Case and at one of Austria’s most prestigious law firms, Wolf Theiss & Partners.
Key Practice Areas:
- Banking & Financial Services
- Business & Commercial
- Construction & Real Estate Securities
Year Joined Firm: 2012
Education/Alumni: University of Vienna Law School (Mag.iur., 1999); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2003)
Last Updated October 2018