Glen Silverstein
PARTNER

Phone:
212-486-2400

Fax:
212-486-3099

Email:
gsilverstein@leaderberkon.com

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As lead trial counsel, Glen has won dozens of trials in Federal and State courts and before arbitration panels for DuPont, Morgan Stanley, Ascend Performance Materials, Guardian/Park Avenue Securities, Bankers Financial, Lincolnshire Management, Sun Chemical, Paul Stuart, Global Brands Marketing, Compass Partners International and Whirlpool. Glen also has significant experience handling regulatory inquiries and internal investigations including matters dealing with sensitive issues and high-profile subjects. He has also been involved in matters relating to the U.S. Government probe into untaxed assets held in foreign countries.

Glen combines his top-flight trial instincts and clear communication skills, as evidenced in his deft cross examination and openings/closings, with an affinity for solving complex economic problems. This enables him to present his clients’ cases in a direct and persuasive manner.

Commercial and Securities Litigation

Glen recently recovered over $100 Million in a matter involving international finance and in 2022 he acted as lead trial counsel for Tronox Limited in a multiweek jury trial in Delaware in a half billion-dollar breach of contract litigation arising out of a failed corporate divestiture.

Glen’s recent trial work includes winning $9 million in a rare full trial in the NY Commercial Division in a complex breach of contract case involving indemnification claims stemming from a corporate transaction and an underlying environmental suit, a four-week arbitration in a dispute between private equity partners and a three-week arbitration over alleged market manipulation on an electronic exchange’s commodities index.

Prior to this, he won a trial in New York Supreme Court invalidating facially valid promissory notes worth millions of dollars on the grounds that the purchaser of a corporation should not have to pay off notes which really represented capital contributions rather than debt. In Federal Court, Glen won the trial of a $30 million breach of contract claim brought by the Italian clothing company Diesel against its U.S. licensee/distributor. For Compass Partners International, he won an arbitration involving a joint venture agreement for the distribution of a prominent Italian brand in the U.S. Glen has also won FINRA arbitrations regarding MBS trading disputes.

Glen handles complex commercial matters for clients such as Verizon, Honeywell, Dow Corning, Lincolnshire Management and Morgan Stanley. For Morgan Stanley, Glen prevented an attachment of “intangible contract rights” worth $20 million, which allowed the delivery of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Buenos Aires during an energy shortage. He’s handled other work for Morgan Stanley relating to LNG, as well as other energy products. Glen has also managed numerous cases relating to investment banking issues and complex trading disputes.

For clients such as Morgan Stanley and The Guardian/Park Avenue Securities, he has won dozens of NASD/FINRA arbitrations, including cases brought by corporate pension plans alleging improper investments. He has represented Lincolnshire Management, a private equity company, in several major litigations including winning a multimillion-dollar arbitration brought by a business finder in connection with an acquisition. He won the trial of a breach of contract action for the high-end retailer Paul Stuart in New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division, in a complex case concerning the obligations of a Japanese licensee.

Glen’s experience includes defending a private equity company against a derivative suit brought by fund investors, representing the seller in a $200 million accounting fraud action arising from a corporate divestiture in which he took over 50 depositions; a breach of contract and fraud action concerning alleged environmental misrepresentations; an $80 million mass consolidation of national property damage claims; actions arising out of breaches of agency, consulting, and confidentiality agreements; corporate raiding cases; and disputes arising out of interest rate swaps and foreign currency exchange derivatives.

Glen has worked closely with private equity clients on a number of litigations relating to their investments and funds. These cases frequently require an in-depth knowledge of both the investment and management process.

Intellectual Property Litigation
Glen has represented clients in copyright, trademark, trade dress, and other IP-related disputes, including disputes relating to computer software, electronic trading platforms, shoes and apparel, food packaging, toys, dolls, and music. A lifelong fan of Elvis, Glen is proud to have represented Elvis Presley Enterprises in a $5 million royalty dispute.
Product Liability and Serious Personal Injury

Glen also has extensive experience defending large product liability and personal injury cases, having represented DuPont, Whirlpool, Dresser Industries, and other product manufacturers for over two decades.

Many of these cases have involved complex fact patterns, technical issues and extensive expert testimony. Cases have involved the cause of a LifeStar helicopter crash, the design of a race car’s safety features/roll cage, fire hydrant design issues, and fire causation. In the race car case (the driver was killed), Glen was selected to take over the case, which was pending in Chicago, near the close of discovery, and handle the expert phase, as well as direct the trial.

Aviation Litigation

In addition to the LifeStar helicopter crash, and other aviation related injury and property damage claims, Glen represents Honeywell Aerospace in connection with a commercial/warranty dispute relating to Honeywell’s popular TFE-731 jet engine.

Education

University of Chicago, J.D.

1990

University of Vermont, B.A.

1987 – magna cum laude

Professional Activities & Admissions

U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court Northern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell

New York Super Lawyers (2007-2023)

New York State Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Bergen County Bar Association

Practice Areas

Business and
Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property
Product Liability & Toxic Tort
Aviation Litigation
Employment Litigation
Security Litigation

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