Kim Havlin

Partner, New York



Kim Havlin is a partner in the Global Commercial Litigation Practice with extensive experience in complex business disputes. A skilled courtroom advocate and trial lawyer, Kim represents clients in a wide range of contract and business tort actions, as well as securities and class action cases and bankruptcy litigation. Kim has substantial experience across global industries, including the financial, technology, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and shipping sectors. Ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, the guide remarks, "Kim Havlin is a go-to litigator with an impressive depth of expertise in major commercial disputes, with experience representing clients at trial and appellate levels."

"She is responsive, understands the need to be commercial and stays level-headed even during the most trying moments."

Kim is also recognized by The Legal 500 US as a successful first-chair trial lawyer. "Kim Havlin has an outstanding level of response, is practical to deal with issues and resolves problems in fast-paced scenarios, and is always ready to help."

Kim boasts a successful track record in major commercial disputes in both state and federal courts. She has enjoyed successes in a number of high-profile matters, including market manipulation cases with multijurisdictional implications, bet-the-company litigation, and high-stakes class actions. Kim also regularly advises clients through the early stages of potential disputes in search of practical outcomes minimizing risk and exposure.

Clients benefit from Kim's extensive experience handling cross-border disputes for international clients and her ability to navigate the complexities of legal systems in the US and abroad. Kim regularly represents non-US clients in cases involving the extraterritorial application of US state and federal laws.

Kim has achieved a string of successes in securities cases on behalf of corporations and their officers and directors, in both individual and putative class action cases. Kim has also represented debtor and creditor groups in some of the world's largest bankruptcies and restructurings and precedent-setting cases involving the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings.

Kim's experience includes government investigations and enforcement actions, and their crossover with civil litigation, having represented financial institutions in connection with global investigations into possible violations of US and foreign antitrust, fraud and commodities laws. She has coordinated investigations by the US Department of Justice, US Commodity Futures Trade Commission, Autorité des marchés financiers, European Commission and the UK Financial Services Authority.

Committed to equal access to justice, Kim has performed extensive pro bono work on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Aid Society and the Juvenile Law Center.

Bars and Courts
New York
Ontario Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Western District of New York
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts & Science (Hons.)
McMaster University


Representation of New York Community Bancorp in the enforcement of defaulted debt against international guarantors, as lead trial counsel. The case was tried in June 2019 in NY federal court resulting in a complete victory—from case inception to judgment within a 13 month period.

Representation of Pfizer in defense of a significant, ongoing breach of contract action relating to claimed royalties on a cancer product in New York state court.

Representation of Hess Corporation in defense of an action alleging breach of contract and fraud brought by Aegean Marine, which had purchased Hess's bunker oil assets on the US East Coast. After securing dismissal of the majority of plaintiffs' fraud claims on a motion to dismiss, the remaining claims were tried in a five-day bench trial in New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division. The Court entered judgment for Hess on all counts.

Representation of an individual in prosecuting a D&O coverage claim under an insurance policy.  Following a two-week jury trial, the jury unanimously found for our client on all counts, including breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and returned a multimillion-dollar award in our client's favor.

Representation of Driven Holdings against former executives who sought millions of dollars in additional equity distributions following the company's sale. The North Carolina Business Court dismissed all claims on a motion to dismiss, and the decision was affirmed per curiam by the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Representation of Anthem in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against its pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI), arising from ESI's breaches of its contractual duties to negotiate in good faith to ensure that Anthem receives market pricing for pharmaceutical drugs.

Representation of a leading European global financial institution in multiple putative class action cases relating to the setting of foreign interbank rates, in several cases securing complete dismissal on jurisdictional grounds.

Representation of a global pharmaceutical company in the defense of an action brought by a distributor alleging damages from the termination of a long-standing distributorship agreement for products in the Middle East.

Successful motions to dismiss all claims in securities class action cases against Dynegy, Talbots, and German-based technology company Aixtron SE.

Representation of China Merchants Bank as the senior secured lender in the Winland Ocean Shipping Corporation's chapter 11 bankruptcy in Texas, successfully obtaining a lift of the automatic stay following a multi-day evidentiary hearing.

Representation of OAS, one of Brazil's largest companies, in its restructuring, including chapter 15 proceedings in New York bankruptcy court, litigation in New York state court and provisional liquidation proceedings in the British Virgin Islands.

Pro bono counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State against a public hospital district that refused to comply with legislation ensuring neutrality with respect to women's reproductive rights, winning a complete victory and resulting in a reversal of the hospital district's policies and practices.

Pro bono counsel to Legal Services NYC on an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark case that secured marriage equality nationwide.

Awards and Recognition

Recognized in the practice of General Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA, 2022 – 2023

Recognized in the practice of Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes by The Legal 500 US, 2022 – 2023

Recognized in the practice of Dispute Resolution – Securities Litigation: Defense by The Legal 500 US, 2022 - 2023

Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, 2018

Pro Bono Publico Award, The Legal Aid Society, 2012