Gregory Starner

Partner, New York


A partner in the Firm’s Global Commercial Litigation Practice, Greg Starner supports clients with complex commercial disputes in United States federal and state courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations.


Greg Starner supports clients with complex commercial disputes, as well as securities, antitrust and bankruptcy litigation. His significant track record in this field led to his selection as one of the New York Law Journal's' '2013 Rising Stars', a title intended to recognize some of the profession's breakout legal practitioners.

Greg's reputation is based on his significant trial, hearing and appellate experience, both in federal and state courts across the United States, and before an array of arbitral tribunals. His noted skill as a litigator and legal strategist has attracted major domestic and international clients, operating in a range of industries. At ease handling the most challenging of commercial disputes, regardless of their scale or multijurisdictional complexity, he is a valued asset for clients involved in must-win cases, where huge sums are at stake.

Greg has also gained significant experience representing debtors and creditors in some of the most complex bankruptcy proceedings of recent years. Notable cases, that showcased his robust defense of his clients' interests, include his representation of the investment group that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team from bankruptcy, as well as his representation of Major League Baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers Chapter 11 cases, and subsequent sale of the team. He also represented senior creditors in the Washington Mutual Chapter 11 proceedings.

In addition to his commercial litigation activities, Greg has also developed an extensive pro bono practice, representing low-income women in family law cases as well as criminal defendants in New York federal and state court appeals. He has also participated as part of the faculty in the Kenya Women's Advocacy Training Program, an enterprise co-sponsored by Lawyers Without Borders, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the US Department of State.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Northern District of New York
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Supreme Court
Georgetown University Law Center
College of William & Mary


Pilot Travel Centers LLC, Pilot Flying J, 2013–ongoing
Representing Pilot Travel Centers LLC, d/b/a Pilot Flying J, the largest over-the-road diesel provider in the US, as national co-ordinating counsel in more than 20 putative class actions.

Major Foreign Bank, 2013–ongoing
Represented a major foreign bank in securities fraud class action involving claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 and SEC Rule 10b-5.

Turkish Conglomerate, Cukurova Group, 2013–ongoing
Representation of the Cukurova Group in long-running litigation concerning the ownership of Turkcell Iletisim A.S., Turkey's largest mobile phone company, and in related arbitration and litigation in multiple jurisdictions.

Sovereign Wealth Funds, 2010–ongoing
Represented sovereign wealth funds and other financial institutions in a variety of international disputes.

Major League Baseball, 2011–2013
Represented Major League Baseball in the chapter 11 cases of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise and in connection with the sale of the team.

The Law Debenture Trust Company of New York, 2009–2012
Represented the indentured trustee, the Law Debenture Trust Company of New York, with respect to claims involving US$479 million in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Charter Communications Inc.

Washington Mutual, 2008–2012
Served as litigation counsel to the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Noteholders in Washington Mutual's US$327 billion chapter 11 bankruptcy related to the largest bank failure in United States history.

Rangers Baseball Express LLC, 2010–2011
Represented Rangers Baseball Express LLC, an entity led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, in its purchase of the Texas Rangers major league baseball team out of bankruptcy.

Fortune 500 Company, 2008–2010
Represented a Fortune 500 Company in a securities fraud class action involving claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 and SEC Rule 10b-5.

Major Foreign Bank, 2006–2008
Represented a major foreign bank in an arbitration involving US securities fraud claims under Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Speaking Engagements

"Critical Organizational Threats Facing General Counsel", June 2014: General Counsel Conference

"Recent Trends in Securities Enforcement and Regulation", April 2014: Law360 Roundtable


'ParkCentral v. Porsche': The Second Circuit Signals New Line of Defense to Extraterritorial Securities Fraud Claims, August 2014

'City of Pontiac': Second Circuit Further Limits When US Securities Laws May Reach Non-US Securities and Issuers, May 2014

Raising the Bar: HUD Issues New Rule Imposing More Demanding Standard for Defending Against Discrimination Claims Under the Fair Housing Act, March 2013

A Mountain Too High: The Challenge of Setting Aside an Arbitral Award on the Basis of Fraud in Different Jurisdictions, SchiedsVZ, January 2013

Does It Walk Like a Duck? New York Appellate Court Adopts Delaware "Common Sense" Standard to Distinguish Direct and Derivative Claims, August 2012

'Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Ltd. v. Ficeto': Second Circuit Decision Further Defines the Extraterritorial Limits of US Securities Laws, March 2012

New York Court of Appeals' Clarification of the Martin Act Opens Door for Common Law Claims in Securities Cases, January 2012

Taking a Constitutional Look: NAFTA Chapter 11 as an Extension of Member States' Constitutional Protection of Property, Law and Policy in International Business, Vol. 33, No. 2, Winter 2002

Awards and Recognition

2013 Rising Star, New York Law Journal

inMotion Commitment to Justice Special Team Award, 2005