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Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP


About Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg is a litigation boutique specializing in complex commercial cases, with a particular focus on sophisticated financial, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, and bankruptcy-related disputes.

A 21st Century Firm

HSG was founded in 2012 by the Hon. Richard J. Holwell, who served as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, and his former partners and colleagues from White & Case: Michael S. Shuster (who was global head of commercial litigation at White & Case), Daniel P. Goldberg, and Dorit Ungar Black.

HSG is now over 60 lawyers strong, with the experience, expertise, and depth to handle the most complex commercial disputes in trial and appellate courts, arbitral tribunals, and administrative agencies across the country. The firm has already been engaged to handle sensitive internal investigations requiring the judgment and discretion of seasoned lawyers coupled with the insights of a former federal judge. HSG’s ranks include lawyers who have held prestigious clerkships at all levels of the federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and served as editors of the nation’s top law journals.

Off To A Great Start

Despite being a young firm, HSG already has earned a strong reputation both locally and nationally. In 2016, Benchmark Litigation named HSG its New York Law Firm of the Year. One year earlier, The National Law Journal placed HSG on its exclusive Litigation Boutiques Hot List. In addition to this growing list of firm-wide honors, individual HSG lawyers have been recognized consistently for their excellence by outlets including Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Legal 500, New York Law Journal, The National Law Journal, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.


July 2018
For the second consecutive year, seven HSG partners were named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List, which recognizes partners 40 or younger who clients and peers have identified as the most promising emerging talent: Brendon DeMay, Benjamin Heidlage, Avi Israeli, Blair Kaminsky, Vincent Levy, Demian Ordway, and Daniel Sullivan. Among other matters, their recent work has included the representation of various bank trustees in a bench trial that resulted in a verdict of $2.4 billion from the Lehman estate and a MacAndrews & Forbes company in a case involving a billion-dollar antitrust claim against News Corp. and its subsidiaries.

June 2018
HSG associates Eileen Monaghan DeLucia, Karen Sebaski, and Jayme Jonat were named to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2018 Women Worth Watching list, which recognizes professional women across the globe who are influencing their workplaces and industries. HSG partners Dorit Ungar Black and Blair Kaminsky were recognized in 2016, and HSG counsel Lani Perlman was named to the list in 2017.

February 2018
The American Lawyer named HSG partner Blair Kaminsky to its inaugural Young Lawyer Editorial Board. In its official announcement, The American Lawyer noted that the Board is “truly representative of the up-and-coming leaders of the profession” and will serve as a collective voice for them. The 40-member Board is tasked with writing editorials on a range of topics, from legal training to how to combat sexual harassment in the legal industry.

In matters ranging from civil rights class actions to habeas corpus petitions, HSG has pursued a variety of pro bono matters, often in partnership with organizations such as the International Refugee Assistance Project, the New York Office of the Appellate Defender, and the American Immigration Representation Project. HSG is currently working with the American Civil Liberties Union on cutting-edge workplace discrimination cases on behalf of female Frontier Airlines pilots and flight attendants. In honor of its fifth anniversary, HSG became a corporate partner of Her Justice, a nonprofit that provides free legal help to low-income women living in poverty in New York City.

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (646) 837-5151

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: Richard J. Holwell, Michael S. Shuster, Daniel P. Goldberg
Recruiting Chairs: Richard J. Holwell, Blair Kaminsky, Vincent Levy

Base Salary

1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
The firm does not have a formal summer associate program, but they will consider applications from exceptional candidates for summer and full-time positions on a case-by-case basis.

Employment Contact

Vincent Levy
(646) 837-5120

Major Office Locations

New York, NY

Major Departments

Bankruptcy Litigation
Complex Commercial Litigation
Distressed Debt & Fund Litigation
Intellectual Property
Pro Bono
Securities Litigation
Transnational Litigation
White Collar & Internal Investigations