Mr. Shikowitz focuses his practice on securities litigation. He is a member of the firm's new matter department, in which he, as part of a team of attorneys, financial analysts, and investigators, counsels institutional clients on potential legal claims.
Mr. Shikowitz has also served as a member of the litigation teams responsible for successfully prosecuting a number of the firm’s significant cases involving wrongdoing related to the securitization and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”), and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured investors. He successfully represented Allstate Insurance Co., Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, Bayerische Landesbank, Dexia SA/NV, Sealink Funding Limited, and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg against various issuers of RMBS in both state and federal courts.
Currently, Mr. Shikowitz serves as a member of the litigation team prosecuting the securities fraud class action against Volkswagen AG, which recently resulted in a recovery of $48 million for Volkswagen investors and arose out of Volkswagen’s illegal use of defeat devices in millions of purportedly clean diesel cars to cheat emissions standards worldwide. He also serves as a member of the team litigating the securities class action concerning GT Advanced Technologies Inc., which alleges that defendants knew that the company’s $578 million deal to supply Apple, Inc. with product was an onerous and massively one-sided agreement that allowed GT executives to sell millions worth of stock. The case concerning GT has resulted in $36.7 million in recoveries to date.
For his accomplishments, Mr. Shikowitz has consistently been named by Super Lawyers as a New York "Rising Star" in the area of securities litigation.
While in law school, Mr. Shikowitz was a research assistant to Brooklyn Law School Professor of Law Emeritus Norman Poser, a widely respected expert in international and domestic securities regulation. He also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Brian M. Cogan of the Eastern District of New York, and as a legal intern for the Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau of the Kinds Country District Attorney's Office.