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Scott A. Edelman is Chairman of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group. Recognized as one of the country’s top litigators and corporate advisers, he specializes in high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation and trials across several substantive areas of the law, including securities, commercial and white collar.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Edelman has taken more than 18 cases to trial and argued dozens of appeals, accumulating a slew of honors along the way. He has tried dozens of civil and criminal cases representing numerous corporations and individuals. His practice includes negotiation and counseling services and he conducts criminal, regulatory, and congressional investigations as well as confidential and public SEC investigations on behalf of various corporations and individuals. He also regularly represents special committees of boards and individual directors on corporate governance, fiduciary duties and conflict of interest matters.
Mr. Edelman has successfully led trial teams in a string of high-profile victories. In 2016, he secured a significant victory against the DOJ on behalf of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) on music licensing affecting the more than $2 billion music performing industry which garnered him recognition by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Week.” He also prevailed on behalf of BMI in a trial victory against Pandora in 2015 in the historic music licensing rate case that set the new market rate for all digital music services and awarded BMI a significant fee increase of revenue from Pandora. On behalf of Citi Global Markets in 2014, he secured an injunction preventing an arbitration under FINRA in a high-profile case brought by a Saudi investor. Mr. Edelman also won a major trial victory for Cerberus Capital Management related to the multi-billion dollar merger with United Rentals in the first M&A litigation arising out of the troubled credit markets to proceed to trial in Delaware in 2007.
As one of the most versatile litigators in the country, Mr. Edelman is the only attorney in New York who is ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in each of the following areas: Securities Litigation, General Commercial Litigation and White Collar Crime and Government Investigations (New York).
In 2017, Mr. Edelman was inducted as a fellow into The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).
Prior to joining Milbank, Mr. Edelman served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 1994.
Last updated October 2018