Donald A. Corbett Partner

New York
T 646.414.6832 | F 973.422.6823



Don Corbett’s determined representation of his clients’ interests, coupled with a deep understanding of their business and goals, has earned him a reputation as a skilled and dogged advocate for his clients. A Partner in Lowenstein's Capital Markets Litigation Group, he knows that a comprehensive understanding of a client’s business is essential to providing effective legal advice and that the interests of the business drive decisions about litigation.

Don regularly represents corporate officers, directors and special committees in shareholder derivative actions, class actions and related SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings. He also represents funds, financial institutions and institutional investors in various securities and securities industry related disputes, including disputes involving structured finance and asset-backed securities such as residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).

Don has also been a leader in the firm’s efforts to provide pro bono services to America’s veterans.


Representative Engagements

Represents directors, officers, special committees and companies in merger and going-private transactions.
Represent funds and fund investors in connection with investment related disputes.
Served as counsel to a special committee of an NYSE-listed company in shareholder derivative actions in federal and state courts alleging wrongdoing regarding CDOs and RMBS.
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Speaking Engagements

  • Panel moderator, "Litigating Corporate Governance: Recent Developments in Shareholder Derivative Litigation," hosted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, February 2013

  • Panel moderator, "Contests for Control: Recent Developments in Shareholder Derivative Litigation," hosted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 2011

  • Panelist, "Mediation: Closing the Deal!," hosted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, December 2010
  • Panel moderator, “Defending Companies in Connection with Civil, Regulatory, and Criminal Allegations of Financial Fraud,” hosted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and co-sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel of America, January 2009

  • Panel moderator, “Companies in Crisis – Coordinating a Response to Allegations of Financial Fraud,” hosted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 2003

Publications

Lerner Represents Welcome Trend In Derivative Litigation
Law360, June 9, 2014
Donald Corbett
2nd Circ. Clarifies Scope Of Discovery In Derivative Suits
Law360, December 9, 2013
Donald Corbett
Shareholder Derivative Litigation: Keeping an Eye on the Parallel Class Action
BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report, April 1, 2013
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Press Mentions

Law360 reported that a Pennsylvania federal judge granted a motion to dismiss filed by Donald Corbett and Richard Wolter on behalf of certain defendants in Alan Schmidt v. John Skolas et. al., dismissing a putative shareholder class action filed in connection with the dissolution of a biotech company., Law360 , August 13, 2013
In Law360Don Corbett comments on client Sheldon H. Solow's securities fraud claims against Citigroup Inc., Law360 , September 17, 2012

Related Areas

Capital Markets Litigation
Class Action & Derivative Litigation
Corporate Investigations & Integrity
Litigation
Mortgage & Structured Finance
White Collar Criminal Defense

Education


St. John's University School of Law (J.D., 1994) , cum laude, Editor of the St. John's Law Review
State University of New York at Oswego (B.A., 1985) , cum laude

Bar Admissions


New York
Connecticut

Court Admissions


U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Co-chair, ABA's Derivative Suits subcommittee
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, New York State Bar Association