Gary Naftalis – ‘The Zelig of the White Collar Bar’

Gary Naftalis - ‘The Zelig of the White Collar Bar’ 2

He’s used to honors and awards, the lawyer who was described by Wall Street Journal as “the zelig of the white collar bar: He’s everywhere.” For some 30 years, Gary Naftalis has represented individuals and corporations in all phases of complex civil, criminal, and regulatory matters, including those involving allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, accounting irregularities and other financial fraud.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Naftalis was selected recently as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal . He successfully represented Disney CEO Michael Eisner in last year’s shareholder suit relating to the hiring and termination of Michael Ovitz. The Disney case was chosen as one of the top defense wins of 2005 by The National Law Journal.

His defense forestalled threatened federal prosecutions of Kidder, Peabody & Co. for alleged insider trading and Salomon Brothers over its U.S. Treasury auction bidding practices; co-authored The Grand Jury: An Institution on Trial, the leading resource on the topic; on the faculty of Columbia and Harvard Law Schools.