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Jeffrey L. Nagel

Jeffrey L. Nagel

Director, Commercial & Criminal Litigation

Mr. Nagel’s experience includes first-chair trial and appellate work. He concentrates his practice on business and commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitration, compliance, internal investigations, class actions, and general counseling. Mr. Nagel advises clients in areas involving securities law and regulation, contract disputes, competition law, anti-money laundering and FCPA compliance, international arbitration, private equity and hedge fund issues, employment law, real estate disputes, and a variety of general commercial issues.

Mr. Nagel has substantial experience working with financial institutions, including banks, hedge funds, and private equity firms. He has worked with both public and private companies, many of which are international in scope. His clients include large and well-known manufacturers, publishing and media companies, real estate companies, and insurance companies. He also works with mid-sized clients, advising them on business practices, compliance issues, pre-litigation corporate structuring, employment matters, and data security and privacy issues. Mr. Nagel’s practice includes corporate advisory work, internal investigations, regulatory counseling, mediation, arbitration, and litigation in state and federal courts, including appellate work.

Mr. Nagel serves on the firm’s Professional Development Committee and is a senior member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Task Force.

Areas of Focus

Securities, Hedge Fund, and Private Equity Work

Mr. Nagel represents a variety of clients in the financial services, hedge fund, and private equity space on a wide array of matters. He counsels clients on securities law matters, regulatory compliance (including before the SEC, CFTC, ICE, and other regulatory bodies), and broker-dealer issues. He also represents funds and individuals in connection with general civil litigation and arbitration claims.

Class Actions

Mr. Nagel has substantial class action experience, from the pre-certification phase through case resolution. He has worked as part of larger attorney teams in mass actions, as well as individually in defending clients against class action allegations. He has worked in federal courts throughout the country and has successfully defeated class certification or otherwise successfully resolved numerous class action claims at the pleading stages.

International and Cross-Border Transactions

Mr. Nagel is part of the firm’s Cross-Border Transactions Team and represents numerous international clients, advising on cross-border transactions and various aspects of international law. He has successfully defended cases involving international human rights and sovereign immunity issues, Anti-Terrorism Act cases, cases brought under the Alien Tort Statute, and FCPA and AML compliance actions.

Business & Commercial Litigation

Mr. Nagel handles litigation that includes claims involving partnership disputes, breach of contract actions, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and malpractice. He has successfully defended cases involving criminal and civil antitrust claims, First Amendment claims, negligence actions, and claims of employment discrimination.

Electronic Discovery

Mr. Nagel regularly advises clients on a wide range of document retention and e-discovery issues, data security and privacy concerns, and information management practices. He has served on numerous e-discovery panels, lectured on e-discovery, and authored many articles. He is a senior member of the firm’s E-Discovery Task Force.

Appellate Practice

Mr. Nagel has represented numerous corporate clients in federal and state appeals, in some cases replacing trial counsel for purposes of the appeal. He is a former federal law clerk to J. Clifford Wallace, previously the Chief Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Nagel has briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the New York State Appellate Division, as well as other appellate courts.

Website Compliance

Mr. Nagel also counsels clients with respect to website access and compliance requirements under the ADA and other disability laws, as well as website accommodation litigation.



New York University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)

  • Winner, Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition
  • Member and Senior Production Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
  • Select Awards: Order of the Coif, Judge Lieberman Award for Outstanding Criminal Law Scholarship, American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure

New York University (M.A.)

Cornell University (A.B., magna cum laude)

  • Select Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Schoellkopf Memorial Merit Scholarship

Professional Admissions

State of New York

Supreme Court of the United States

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Western District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Activities

Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Past Committee Service: Judiciary Committee, Arbitration, Federal Courts

Federal Bar Council

American Bar Association
International Law Committee

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1994-95

Civic/Charitable Activities

EPIC Long Island, Board Chair

Global Kids, Inc., former Board Member

Supporter: Affordable Housing Alliance (NJ), Big Brothers/Big Sisters Long Island, Boys & Girls Club Newark, Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction (LICAAD)

Legal Employment

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP