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Eric S. Olney

Eric S. Olney

Shapiro Arato LLP

New York, NY, USA

Eric Olney is a partner who focuses on complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy. Eric has defended Fortune 500 companies, their officers, directors, and underwriters in various commercial settings, including actions involving the federal securities laws.

Prior to joining Shapiro Arato, Eric worked at Latham & Watkins LLP.

Representative matters include:

  • Representing former S.A.C. Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma in appeal of insider trading conviction.
  • Defended officers and directors of NYSE-listed company in securities fraud action brought in the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs withdrew all claims following service of a motion for sanctions against plaintiffs.
  • Represented Bassam Salman in appeal of insider trading conviction before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against various defendants in actions brought by the trustee for Bernard Madoff’s estate seeking “clawback” of alleged payments to defendants.
  • Defended Fannie Mae in consolidated securities fraud class action in the Southern District of New York.All claims under the Securities Act of 1933 were dismissed, and Fannie Mae also successfully opposed an individual plaintiff's motion to remand, on the ground that SLUSA requires class action claims under the Securities Act to be litigated in federal court.
  • Successfully appealed summary judgment ruling against private equity funds alleging fraud in lawsuit against NASDAQ-listed company and its former CEO; obtained reversal and reinstatement of the funds’ claims.
  • Defended UBS against shareholder class actions alleging that the bank tortiously interfered with a merger agreement. All claims against UBS were dismissed.


Columbia University School of Law J.D., 2003

James Kent Scholar (2001-02, 2002-03)

Harvard University B.A. cum laude, History, 1998


Judge William H. Pauley III, U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.

Bar Admissions

New York


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