Christopher W. Dysard

Partner

Christopher Dysard is an experienced civil and criminal litigator. Mr. Dysard’s practice consists of representing institutions in complex commercial litigation and representing individuals and institutions in white collar criminal proceedings and securities enforcement investigations.

Civil Matters

Notable representations in civil matters include:

  • representation (with partner Linda Imes) of a group of hedge funds as plaintiffs in a civil action in the Southern District of New York against several individuals and entities, alleging a fraudulent scheme in violation of federal securities laws and state law; the district court denied six defendants’ motions to dismiss, see Absolute Activist Master Value Fund, Ltd. v. Ficeto, No. 09 Civ. 8862 (GBD), 2013 WL 1286170 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 28, 2013), and granted the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss all counterclaims filed by an answering defendant, see Absolute Activist Master Value Fund, Ltd. v. Ficeto, No. 09 Civ. 8862 (GBD), 2014 WL 3600409 (S.D.N.Y. July 11, 2014);
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of a large international investment bank named as a defendant in multiple cases in federal and state courts, in which the plaintiffs sought billions of dollars in damages in connection with the offering and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities;
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of a group of foreign and domestic financial institutions, including Allstate, Bank Leumi, Bayerische Landesbank, International Finance Corporation, Société Générale, and Travelers, in a six-week jury trial in the Southern District of New York against a major U.S. investment bank to recover large losses related to the sale of bonds backed by consumer installment loans of Heilig-Meyers; in December 2008, the jury returned a verdict for our clients, resulting in a judgment of $144 million; the defendant appealed that judgment, and Spears & Imes continued to represent our clients on appeal; on July 20, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the judgment, see AIG Global Sec. Lending Corp. v. Banc of Am. Sec. LLC, 646 F. Supp. 2d 385 (S.D.N.Y. 2009), aff’d, 386 F. App’x 5 (2d Cir. 2010);
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of Société Générale in a contract action in the Southern District of New York; and
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of a private equity fund sued in a contract action; the fund’s motion to dismiss was granted, see Resurgence Asset Mgmt., LLC v. Bastion Capital Fund, LP (Sup. Ct., Westchester County), aff’d, 760 N.Y.S. 2d 662 (2d Dep’t 2003).

Criminal and Securities Enforcement Matters

Notable representations in criminal matters and securities enforcement investigations include:

  • representation (with partner Linda Imes) of a senior trader at a major broker-dealer in connection with investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and the SEC;
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of a former hedge fund analyst at a large international bank in an insider trading prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York;
  • representation of a former employee of a ratings agency in investigations by the SEC and the New York Attorney General’s Office;
  • representation (with partner Linda Imes) of an employee of an information infrastructure solutions company in an insider trading investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York;
  • representation of a sales representative of an international pharmaceuticals company in an internal investigation regarding sales practices;
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of an attorney at a large international bank in a cross-border tax investigation by the SEC;
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of a former director at a major accounting and consulting firm in a tax shelter investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York;
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of the former head of the lending desk of a large international bank in an investigation by the SEC; and
  • representation (with partner David Spears) of a former Merrill Lynch investment banker in a federal criminal conspiracy and wire fraud case brought by the Enron Task Force; the trial court’s denial of defendant’s motion for judgment of acquittal was reversed on appeal, see United States v. Brown, 459 F.3d 509 (5th Cir. 2006).

Pro Bono

Mr. Dysard has an active pro bono practice. He acted as co-counsel in federal habeas corpus proceedings brought by two prisoners in military custody at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; both men have now been released to their respective countries of citizenship. He has also represented a prisoner in a criminal appeal before the Appellate Division, First Department; assisted in the drafting of an amicus brief in a disability rights case before the Second Circuit; and assisted in the drafting of an amicus brief in an adoption case before the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Professional Activities

Mr. Dysard is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He was an Adjunct Legal Writing Professor at Fordham University School of Law in 2011-2012.

Christopher W. Dysard, Partner

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Education
• J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1998; Articles Editor, Virginia Law Review
• B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1995

Admissions
• New York
• Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Clerkship
The Honorable John D. Rainey, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1998-1999