- Successful defense of a subordinate mezzanine lender of the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in lawsuits to enjoin its UCC foreclosure by its borrowers, the mortgage lender and a senior mezzanine lender, Brookfield Financial, LLC v. NRFC HRH Holdings, LLC, Index No. 650284/2011 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2011), and HRHH Gaming Junior Mezz, LLC. v. NRFC HRH Holdings, LLC, Index No. 650273/11 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2011);
- Successful representation of an adult son in a family dispute about an elderly matriarch's competency as to an estate worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Dorothy D. Park, et al. v. a Fortune 50 financial services company, et al., Index No. 2010-1030, Adelaide Park Gomer v. Roy H. Park, Jr., Index No. 2010-1041, and In re Adelaide Park Gomer, Index No. 2010-1075 (Tomkins Co. 2010);
- Successful defense of a lender against tort and employment contract claims asserted in a jury trial by the owners of a health care company, Lawrence M. Buchwalter, et al. v. Bridge Healthcare Finance, LLC, et. al., No. BER-L-6618-07 (Bergen Co. 2010);
- Successful representation of an English law firm in an adversary proceeding brought by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee to void and recover fraudulent transfers, In re Alphastar Ins. Group, Ltd., Adv. Pro. No. 06-01524 (SMB) (Bankr.S.D.N.Y.);
- Obtained $32.5 million in settlement from corporate officers and directors of a bankrupt Bermuda company based upon breaches of fiduciary duty and bankruptcy law, In re Asia Global Crossing, No. 02 B 15749 (SMB), et seq., (Bankr.S.D.N.Y.);
- Dismissal of complaint against foreign bank corporation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Allstate Ins. Co. v. Banco Do Estado Rio Grande Do Sul, 2004 WL 1398437 (S.D.N.Y. 2004);
- Confirmation and enforcement of international arbitration on behalf of Islamic foreign investment vehicle against foreign corporation, see Westbury Holdings Inc. v. MFAI (Jersey) Ltd, et al., Index No. 600418/03 (S.Ct.N.Y.Co.);
- Representation of corporation in accounting malpractice and fraud claim against Big 5 accounting firm, In re Cendent Corporation Securities Litigation, 139 F. Supp.2d 585 (D.N.J. 2001);
- Successful defense of a municipality against a regulatory takings challenge to a zoning ordinance, Bonnie Briar Syndicate, Inc., v. Town of Mamaronek, 699 N.Y.S.2d 721 (Ct. App. 1999);
- Judgment for $15 million against conspirators in fraudulent investment scheme, see Codapro Corp. v. Wilson, et al.,1997 F.Supp. 322 (E.D.N.Y. 1998); Cleft-of-the-Rock Foundation v. Wilson, 992 F.Supp. 574 (E.D.N.Y. 1998);
- Obtain pre-judgment attachment of New York bank account of Venezuelan real estate developer as security for payment in connection with Venezuelan litigation, Carlos Godoy, C.A. v. Ciudad Comercial Porlamar, C.C.P., C.A., Index No. 604768/98 (S.Ct.N.Y.Co.);
- Victory in a three-week, $90 million RICO jury trial and the subsequent appeal, see Riverwoods Chappaqua Corp. v. Marine Midland Bank, 30 F.3d 339 (2d Cir.1994);
- Successful defense of corporate officer in stockholder derivative suit, In re American Express Co. Shareholder Litigation, 840 F. Supp. 180 (S.D.N.Y. 1993);
- An appellate victory over the Federal Election Commission in FEC v. Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, 828 F.2d 502 (9th Cir. 1987).
Mr. Altman has developed both a broad and deep understanding about the professional obligations of lawyers as the result of his chairmanship of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Professionalism, his active tenure on the professional ethics committees of that Association and of the City Bar, his teaching as an adjunct professor at the Brooklyn Law School, and his regular columns on ethics in the New York Law Journal. He has represented or sued lawyers in malpractice cases, fraud cases, RICO actions, ERISA actions, sanction cases, professional disciplinary proceedings, and disqualification motions. He is often consulted by lawyers for his ethical advice and opinions about lawyers’ professional obligations and liabilities and has served as an expert witness on such issues.
Mr. Altman also has experience in representing foreign entities, such as banks, private equity funds, airlines and other corporations, sued or suing in this country. He has represented such entities in pre-judgment attachment proceedings, international arbitrations, post-arbitration enforcement proceedings, and commercial lawsuits. He has defended foreign entities and individuals using attacks on personal and quasi-in–rem jurisdiction, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and conflict of laws.