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Gerald H. Silk

Gerald H. Silk

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

New York, NY, USA

For nearly two decades, Mr. Silk’s practice has focused on representing institutional investors on matters involving federal and state securities laws, accountants’ liability, and the fiduciary duties of corporate officers.   A senior member of the firm's Management Committee, Mr. Silk is one of the partners who oversee the firm's new matter department, in which he, along with a group of financial analysts and investigators, counsels institutional clients on potential legal claims.  He also advises creditors on their rights with respect to pursuing affirmative claims against officers and directors, as well as professionals both inside and outside the bankruptcy context.

Among other significant matters, Mr. Silk has prosecuted a number of actions arising out of the financial crisis, and has helped clients recover billions of dollars on investments in residential mortgage-backed securities and other mortgage-related structured investment products in actions against JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, among other major financial institutions.  Most recently, he was one of the principle attorneys in the securities litigation against the General Motors Company arising from a series of misrepresentations concerning the quality, safety, and reliability of the Company’s cars, and helped recover $300 million for investors.

Mr. Silk was recognized by The National Law Journal in its inaugural list of “Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers” —one of 50 lawyers in the country who have changed the practice of litigation through the use of innovative legal strategies — in no small part for the critical role he has played in helping the firm’s investor clients recover massive losses in the wake of the financial crisis, among other matters.  In addition, Lawdragon magazine has named him one of the "100 Securities Litigators You Need to Know," one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America," and one of America's top 500 "Rising Stars" in the legal profession. Recognized as one of an elite group of notable national practitioners by Chambers USA, Mr. Silk is also named as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark, is recommended by the Legal 500 USA guide in the field of plaintiffs’ securities litigation, and has been selected by New York Super Lawyers every year since 2006.

A regular commentator for the business media on television and in print, he has appeared on NBC's Today, and CNBC's Power Lunch, Morning Call, and Squawkbox programs, and has been featured in The New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, The National Law Journal, and the New York Law Journal.


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