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Thomas J. Hall

Partner

Practice Description

Thomas Hall is co-head of Chadbourne's commercial litigation practice and one of the Firm’s leading trial attorneys (over 40 trials to verdict and arbitrations to award). Mr. Hall has extensive experience in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including banking, securities, intellectual property, energy, project finance, construction, real estate, insurance, corporate governance, partnership and contract disputes. He has handled all aspects of litigation and alternative dispute resolution throughout the United States and abroad.

Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigators recognizes Mr. Hall as among the 75 leading commercial litigators in the country and among the 25 leading bankruptcy litigators in the country.

Representative Matters

  • Commercial Litigation: In the commercial litigation arena, Mr. Hall has handled high-profile cases involving merger and acquisition agreements, licensing arrangements, major commercial leases, shareholder and partner agreements, restrictive covenants, letters of credit, construction contracts and guarantees. He defeated a $34 million arbitration claim brought against ORBCOMM, the owner and operator of a worldwide satellite system, by its Asian licensee for breach of contract and fraud, and obtained an award of legal fees for his client. He obtained a defense verdict in New York federal court for the insurance broker Aon, which was accused of failing to secure requested insurance coverage for a Caribbean oil refinery that thereafter sustained hurricane damage. 
  • Banking Litigation: In the creditors’ rights area, he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for lenders on defaulted financings, and has successfully defended financial institutions against dozens of lender liability claims. He achieved a substantial settlement in litigation to recover on a $75 million loan to LJM2, one of the Enron-related partnerships, which was managed by Andrew Fastow, Enron’s CFO. He is currently representing the secured lenders in the TOUSA, Inc. bankruptcy, defending fraudulent conveyance claims involving a $500 million financing.
  • Latin American Litigation: Working with Chadbourne’s Latin American Practice Group, he has worked extensively representing Latin American companies, including those in the airline, energy, oil and gas, mining, and financial service industries, in litigation and arbitration. He currently is representing YPF S.A., a major Argentinean oil and gas producer, in several disputes, including the defense of litigation brought by the State of New Jersey and Occidental Chemical Corporation involving claims of fraudulent conveyance and piercing the corporate veil.
  • Energy Litigation: He has litigated extensively in the energy and project finance areas and, on behalf of one power project developer, he achieved a mid-trial settlement of $29 million, the largest settlement ever in a lawsuit against the State of New York. 
  • Corporate Governance: He has defended corporate officers and directors in a variety of lawsuits, including claims for securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate waste, and has handled coverage disputes under directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance policies. He won a summary judgment for the directors of Integrated Health Services, Inc. on a $90 million D&O policy claim. More recently, he defended Richard Scrushy, former CEO of HealthSouth Corporation, in shareholder litigation seeking disgorgement of bonuses following discovery of a massive accounting fraud. He recently represented GLG Partners, Inc. in defending shareholder derivative litigation in Delaware and New York arising from its $1.6 billion Merger Agreement with Man Group.
  • Intellectual Property: Mr. Hall has tried several intellectual property cases to verdict, including trademark cases in the fashion industry. In the patent area, he has partnered with the Firm’s patent litigators to field formidable jury trial teams. He prevailed at trial in New York federal court in obtaining a determination for the worldwide owner of the Gloria Vanderbilt trademarks that the GLO trademarks were associated with the Gloria Vanderbilt trademarks for purposes of a royalty agreement.
  • International Asset Recovery: In the international asset arena, Mr. Hall has handled a number of issues and cases for clients, including in the mid-1990s, when he represented the State of Qatar in litigation seeking the recovery of a portion of the billions of dollars in state funds allegedly misappropriated by its deposed former Emir.

Honors

Mr. Hall is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2014) in the specialty of commercial litigation. He is also recognized in Benchmark Litigation (2009—2014) as a National Star in the areas of general commercial litigation and bankruptcy litigation and as a “New York Local Litigation Star” for bankruptcy litigation.  Mr. Hall has been cited in New York Super Lawyers (2006—2013) for business litigation and in New York Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition (2007—2013). ). In December 2013, he received the New York County Lawyers' Association's Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal in recognition of his extraordinary record of dedication to the Association and distinguished service to the legal profession.

Activities and Affiliations

  • Member: New York State Bar Association (Litigation and International Committees; Member, Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules); American Bar Association (Commercial and Banking Litigation Committee, International Litigation Committee; International Law Section); International Bar Association (Litigation Section); Federal Bar Council; The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc.
  • Court-appointed mediator: Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, 1997―present 
  • Judge: National Moot Court Competition
  • Board of Trustees, Somos Familia Program, Inc., a not for profit corporation providing charitable services in Mexico and elsewhere.

Publications


Mr. Hall is a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal on commercial litigation issues. He has also served as editor of The Banking Law Journal (published by A.S. Pratt & Sons) since 1999.  His other publications include:


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Speeches and Events


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Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Banking and Financial Services Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Corporate Governance and Risk Oversight

Accountants' Liability Litigation

Environmental

Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring

Insurance and Reinsurance

Appellate

Global Insurance Transactional

Litigation

Real Estate

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

International Arbitration

Industries

Energy

Consumer Products

Food and Beverage

Regions

North America

United States

Canada

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., 1977
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., Managing Editor, Fordham Law Review, 1980

Admissions

1980

New Jersey

1981

New York

1980

U.S.D.C. - D.N.J.

1981

U.S.D.C. - E.D.N.Y.

1995

U.S.D.C. - N.D.N.Y.

1981

U.S.D.C. - S.D.N.Y.

1989

U.S. Ct. App. - 2nd Cir.

1980

U.S. Ct. App. - 3rd Cir.

1999

U.S. Ct. App. - 4th Cir.

2002

U.S. Sup. Ct.

2011

U.S. Ct. App. - 11th Cir.

Languages

English