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Kravitz, Robert N.
1285 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY
Phone: (212) 373-3392
Fax: (212) 492-0392
Website: http://www.paulweiss.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Counsel

Year Joined Organization: 1989

Lawyer Overview

As counsel in the Litigation Department, Robert N. Kravitz has handled major litigations in a wide variety of areas, including securities, antitrust, patents, and copyright.

Mr. Kravitz's recent work includes representation of Sun-Times Media Group, Inc. (formerly Hollinger International) and ACNielsen & Co. The American Lawyer highlighted the firm's work for these clients in the magazine's January 2006 cover story in which it selected Paul, Weiss as the best litigation firm in the United States. On behalf of Sun-Times Media Group, Mr. Kravitz helped win a 30 million verdict against the company's former CEO Conrad Black. He has also litigated several other cases for Sun-Times Media Group, ranging from securities class action and derivative lawsuits to litigation over an alleged breach of an aircraft lease. Mr. Kravitz helped ACNielsen win a 2 billion antitrust case brought by its major competitor in the retail tracking industry.

Recently, Mr. Kravitz was a lead trial lawyer in a multi-billion dollar action involving estimation of the asbestos personal injury liability of a major manufacturer of floor covering and other building products. He was also a lead trial attorney in an arbitration in which Paul, Weiss won a 30 million breach of contract award on behalf of a nationwide institutional pharmacy company and defeated the opposing side's effort to terminate a multi-year contract worth over 100 million a year. In a pro bono case on behalf of the widow of a victim of the September 11 World Trade Center attack, Mr. Kravitz won one of the largest compensation awards given by the federal Victims Compensation Fund. Currently, Mr. Kravitz is defending the officers and directors of one of the world's largest suppliers of auto body frames in a securities class action lawsuit. Other clients that he has successfully represented include Armstrong World Industries, Goldman Sachs, Polo Ralph Lauren, Revlon Consumer Products Corp., Dean Witter Reynolds, ASCAP, and Blue Man Group.

Mr. Kravitz's reported cases include:

  • In re Hollinger Int'l, Inc. Secs. Litig., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47173 (N.D. Ill. 2006): counsel to major newspaper publishing company in securities class action litigation challenging its SEC filings.
  • Sommer & Co. v. Rockefeller (In re Rockefeller Ctr. Props. Sec. Litig.), 311 F.3d 198 (3rd Cir. 2002): represented investor group that acquired Rockefeller Center in securities class action suit challenging the acquisition. Obtained dismissal of all claims.
  • In re Tower Automotive Securities Litig., 483 F. Supp. 2d 327 (S.D.N.Y. 2007): won dismissal of several securities claims asserted against directors and officers of bankrupt manufacturer of automotive body frames.
  • Hollinger Inc. v. Hollinger Int'l, Inc., 858 A.2d 342 (Del. Ch. 2004), appeal denied, 2004 Del. LEXIS 329 (Del. 2004): successfully represented newspaper publishing company in opposing effort by controlling shareholder to block the sale of the London Daily Telegraph.
  • Shepley v. New Coleman Holdings Inc., 174 F.3d 65 (2d Cir. 1999): represented major camping supply equipment company in action brought by former employees who challenged reversion of pension benefits to the company. Won dismissal of plaintiffs' claims on summary judgment.
  • In re Armstrong World Industries, Inc., 348 B.R. 111 (D. Del. 2006): represented unsecured creditors committee in trial to estimate current and future asbestos liabilities of major floor covering and building supply company.
  • In re Dean Witter Partnership Litig., 1998 Del. Ch. LEXIS 133 (Del. Ch. 1998), aff'd 725 A.2d 441 (Del. Supr. 1999): represented financial services company in breach of fiduciary duty action brought by investors in real estate limited partnerships. Won dismissal of all claims.
  • Black v. Hollinger Int'l, Inc., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22276 (N.D. Ill. 2004): on behalf of newspaper publishing company, won dismissal of former CEO's breach of contract claim regarding the company's decision not to let the former CEO exercise his stock options.
  • In Re Lorazepam & Clorazepate Antitrust Litigation, 205 F.R.D. 369 (D. D.C. 2002): represented distributor of active pharmaceutical ingredients in nationwide antitrust litigation concerning two generic drugs.
  • Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. v. T&N PLC, 905 F. Supp. 107 (S.D.N.Y. 1995): represented Chase Manhattan Bank in property damages action against British asbestos company that supplied asbestos fireproofing for use in the bank's New York headquarters.
  • United States v. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (In the Matter of the Applications of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and CBS, Inc., Applicants, for the Determination of Reasonable License Fees for Their Television Networks), 831 F. Supp. 137 (S.D.N.Y. 1993): successfully represented ASCAP in proceeding under antitrust consent decree to determine reasonable license fees for the use of ASCAP music by two television networks.
  • People v. Bilal, 273 A.D.2d 951 (2d Dep't 2000); pro bono representation of criminal defendant in appeal.
  • Doe v. Dyett, 1993 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13450 (S.D.N.Y. 1993): pro bono representation of mentally ill prisoner seeking damages for forced administration of anti-psychotic drugs.

In 1998 and 2000 Mr. Kravitz received the Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and in 1998 was presented with the Ladas Memorial Award by the United States Trademark Association for best article on trademark law by a new author.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • Revlon Consumer Products Corp.
  • Dean Witter Reynolds
  • ASCAP
  • Blue Man Group

West Practice Categories

Intellectual Property Law, Litigation & Appeals

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1989
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 1998 - 2000
  • Ladas Memorial Award

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Jon H. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, Clerk

Education

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: magna cum laude

    Law Review: Harvard Law Review, Editor
  • Swarthmore College, 1974
    B.A.