Jeffrey Coviello

Jeffrey Coviello, Partner

Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and Bankruptcy & Restructuring Groups

Jeffrey Coviello is a litigator with broad experience in a wide range of complex commercial and transactional disputes, including securities (direct, class and derivative actions), bankruptcy, reinsurance and insurance, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, and related appellate matters. Mr. Coviello also has experience representing clients in connection with regulatory investigations and inquiries.

Among other areas, Mr. Coviello is active in our structured finance litigation practice. He is currently representing certain financial services firms in matters arising out of their investments in structured finance vehicles.

Education

Mr. Coviello received his J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2003. He was a member of the Fordham Law Review. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Amherst College, cum laude, in 1999. He also played football for Amherst College.

llustrative Professional Experience

Mr. Coviello’s experience prior to joining WMD in July 2013 includes:

  • Representation of a leading reinsurance company in connection with In re Liquidation of Midland Insurance Company in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, including successful briefing and oral argument in the First Department of the Appellate Division, and conducting the first phase of trial concerning the propriety of the Liquidator’s approval of a multi-million dollar settlement of asbestos bodily injury claims.
  • Representation of a leading commercial bank and affiliated entities and individuals in litigation in both the United States Bankruptcy Court and District Court in Minnesota arising out of the Thomas Petters Ponzi scheme, including successful oral argument in District Court to prevail against motion for reconsideration of protective order obtained in contentious discovery battle.
  • Representation of a major commercial bank and its investment banking affiliate, former administrative agent bank and investment bank, respectively, to Adelphia Communications Corporation and its subsidiaries, against various tort claims in multi-billion dollar bankruptcy-related litigation, Adelphia Recovery Trust v. Bank of America, et al., resulting in favorable settlement.
  • Representation of a leading investment bank in In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation, the largest coordinated securities litigation proceeding in history comprising 310 class actions, obtaining reversal of class certification and favorable settlement.
  • Representation of officers and directors of an investment bank affiliate against Securities Act claims arising out of issuance of billions in mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representation of a private equity portfolio company in purchase price adjustment dispute and related issues arising out of multi-hundred million dollar acquisition.
  • Representation of former limited partner of dissolved hedge fund in suit by liquidating trustee seeking recoupment of allegedly wrongful partnership distributions.
  • Representation of prominent global law firm in connection with professional negligence, aiding and abetting fraud and state securities law violations, and fraudulent transfer claims arising out of law firm client’s multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
  • Oral argument in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of pro bono client, a Title VII plaintiff with claims against the United States Postal Service.
  • Representation of the City of New York in discovery proceedings in connection with claims arising out of mass arrests during protests at major political convention.
  • Representation of officers and directors of various companies in change-of-control litigations.
  • Conducting litigation and insurance-related due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance transactions.