Salvatore J. Graziano

Partner
New York

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Mr. Graziano is widely recognized as one of the top securities litigators in the country.  He has served as lead trial counsel in a wide variety of major securities fraud class actions, recovering billions of dollars on behalf of institutional investors and hedge fund clients.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Mr. Graziano has successfully litigated many high-profile cases, including:   Merck & Co., Inc. (Vioxx) Sec. Litig.(D.N.J.); In re Schering-Plough Corp./ENHANCE Sec. Litig. (D.N.J.);  New York State Teachers' Retirement System v. General Motors Co. (E.D. Mich.); In re MF Global Holdings Limited Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y); In re Raytheon Sec. Litig. (D. Mass.); In re Refco Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y.); In re MicroStrategy, Inc. Sec. Litig. (E.D. Va.); In re Bristol Myers Squibb Co. Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y.); and In re New Century Sec. Litig. (C.D. Cal.).

Industry observers, peers and adversaries routinely honor Mr. Graziano for his accomplishments.  He is one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in the nation according to Benchmark Litigation, which credits him for performing top quality work.”  Chambers USA describes Mr. Graziano as "wonderfully talented…a smart, aggressive lawyer who works hard for his clients," while Legal 500 praises him as a "highly effective litigator.”  Heralded as one of a handful of Class Action MVPs in the nation by Law360, he is also one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America, named as a leading mass tort and plaintiff class action litigator by Best Lawyers®, and as a New York Super Lawyer.

A highly esteemed voice on investor rights, regulatory and market issues, in 2008 he was called upon by the Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting to give testimony as to the state of the industry and potential impacts of proposed regulatory changes being considered.  He is the author and co-author of numerous articles on developments in the securities laws, and was chosen, along with several of his BLB&G partners, to author the first chapter - “Plaintiffs’ Perspective” - of Lexis/Nexis’s seminal industry guide Litigating Securities Class Actions.

A managing partner of the firm, Mr. Graziano has previously served as the President of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys, and has served as a member of the Financial Reporting Committee and the Securities Regulation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  He regularly lectures on securities fraud litigation and shareholder rights.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Graziano served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, 1991, J.D.
  • New York University - The College of Arts and Science, 1988, B.A., Psychology

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • 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, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
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