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OUR FIRM

Our lawyers have decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in thorny financial and commercial disputes.

WHO WE ARE

Grais & Ellsworth practices a client-centric style of litigation: streamlined, leanly staffed, as speedy as the court will permit, and without the disabling conflicts that prevent large firms from pursuing claims against banks, securities dealers, and other sell-side firms in the financial markets.

We represent investors and businesses in a broad range of thorny financial and commercial disputes. For the past six years, our lawyers have been at the forefront of structured finance litigation, recovering several billion dollars for investors. We also have advised hedge funds and large asset managers on litigation strategies to address underperforming securities. More recently, we have pursued class action ERISA and antitrust cases related to the foreign exchange and health-care markets. We are also advising investors on issues raised by new and maturing financial products and services, such as marketplace lending.

Our lawyers, who were trained at and recruited from the top New York law firms, have decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of matters, among them securities (including derivatives, structured debt, and other complex instruments), insurance and reinsurance, antitrust, breaches of fiduciary duty, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and business torts. We maintain alliances with other law firms, consulting firms, and providers of state-of-the-art litigation support technology that enable us to handle cases of nearly any size and complexity. We also have established relationships with prominent litigation funding firms and can advise clients in creative approaches to funding a litigation.

Our friends in leading law firms (including in particular our many adversaries) regularly refer clients whose matters they cannot take on because of conflicts. We consider this recognition by our peers to be a strong endorsement of our work, and we acquit the trust these referring lawyers put in us by serving the clients they refer to us attentively and aggressively.

WHY CLIENTS CHOOSE US

TRAILBLAZERS

Laws and court decisions lag the latest financial engineering and business schemes. Our lawyers don’t live in the past. We develop pioneering theories that time and again have produced meaningful redress for our clients.

RISK AND REWARDS

We believe the best outcomes are achieved when, like our clients, we have a stake in the results. We work with clients to define clear goals and establish fee arrangements that enable sharing of both the risks and rewards of reaching those goals.

SMALL-FIRM ATTENTIVENESS, BIG-FIRM STRENGTH

We understand and have long met the imperative of serving our clients attentively. We also have the depth of legal and technological capabilities to litigate the largest matters and hold our own against virtually every eminent large firm in the country.

STRAIGHT TO THE POINT

The point of litigation is to deliver a desired business result. Our firm is well-equipped with the technology, systems, and people needed to deliver results to clients cost-effectively and as fast as the court system permits.

 

 

 

NO CONFLICTS

We do not represent or solicit work from large banks, securities dealers, or other sell-side financial companies.

ALWAYS PREPARED FOR TRIAL

We devise a trial strategy for each dispute from its inception, not after the close of discovery or the setting of a trial date. Our preparedness enables clients to wait for their adversaries to blink first.