Scott D. Musoff
Scott D. Musoff represents financial institutions, corporations, private equity firms and individuals in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Bio

Mr. Musoff was profiled as one of the “10 Most Admired Securities Attorneys” by Law360, which also named him as one of its “Securities MVPs” in 2012. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA, Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “New York City Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year.” He also was named Am Law Litigation Daily’s “Litigator of the Week” for his role in the dismissal of a Section 10(b) shareholder class action against Société Générale.

Mr. Musoff has extensive experience in securities and other complex commercial litigation. He represents clients in a wide variety of industries in securities class actions, including Autoliv, Inc.; Blackberry Ltd.; Iconix Brand Group, Inc.; MOL Global, Inc.; News Corporation; Seadrill Limited; Sprint-Nextel Corporation; Travelzoo Inc.; and Vivint Solar, Inc., among others. He also advises numerous financial institutions as both underwriters and issuers in securities litigation around the country, including for Bank of America; JPMorgan Chase; Morgan Stanley; Société Générale; and UBS. He also regularly advises and represents companies in connection with M&A deal litigation, post-closing disputes and breach of representation and warranty matters.

Mr. Musoff regularly argues appeals in federal and state courts, including the New York Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He secured the Second Circuit’s affirmance of the dismissal of a securities class action against Research in Motion Limited. He also successfully argued in the New York Court of Appeals and Second Circuit in defeating a turnover application against CIBC by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In a significant decision for the banking industry, the New York Court of Appeals held that a bank cannot be forced to extract money from offshore indirect subsidiary banks. In addition, Mr. Musoff won summary judgment in favor of Merrill Lynch in what was termed a “landmark” case addressing the interpretation of credit default swap agreements with a monoline insurer. He was also a member of the team that represented Merrill Lynch before the United States Supreme Court in the first case in which the court addressed the provisions of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998.

Additionally, Mr. Musoff has done a substantial amount of pro bono work. Among other successes, he won the largest known federal jury verdict in a housing discrimination case against a New York City cooperative. He also successfully defended against the enforcement of a German judgment in New York brought to recoup costs for repairs to a Berlin property that the client’s family was forced to leave behind in escaping the Holocaust.

In 2011, he received the James H. Fogelson Young Leadership Award by the UJA-Federation of New York for his commitment to the Jewish community and service to the organization.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., New York University, School of Law, 1994 (Order of the Coif)
  • B.A., Tufts University, 1991

Admissions

  • New York

Associations

  • Chair, Securities Litigation Committee, Federal Bar Council
  • Board of Directors, New York Legal Assistance Group

Experience

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Jacob Mishler, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1994-1995)

Scott D. Musoff

Partner, Securities Litigation; Complex Litigation and Trials
scott.musoff@skadden.com