Gerard A. Savaresse

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Gerard Savaresse focuses his practice on a broad range of commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on securities litigation and consumer class actions. He has represented and advised various financial institutions, insurers, and businesses in securities litigation, complex commercial litigation, and ERISA matters.

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

Education

  • Fordham University, J.D.: magna cum laude; order of the coif; Fordham Law Review; Moot Court Board Member; Annual Merit Scholarship; Ann Moynihan Award, Fordham’s Clinical Program; Outstanding Clinical Student Award, Clinical Legal Education Associations
  • New York University, B.A.: summa cum laude

Professional Activities

Internships

  • The Honorable Richard J. Sullivan, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2012)
  • Federal Litigation Clinic, Fordham Law School

Co-Author

Financial Institutions

  • Assisted financial institution in regulatory inquiry involving convertible bond offering
  • Defended financial institution in multiple regulatory actions relating to allegations stemming from electronic trading platform
  • Conducted investigation for financial institution into alleged violations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Part of team that obtained summary judgment for financial institution against allegations of securities fraud relating to auction rate securities

Litigation

  • Defending multinational office supply company and three of its former officers in putative securities fraud class action
  • Helped obtain dismissal for underwriters in a Section 11 securities class action in North Carolina 
  • Defend pet food company in consumer class action alleging that defendants violated the Illinois consumer fraud statute
  • Defending pet food company in approximately 40 class actions centralized in an MDL accusing the company of misleading marketing of recalled pet food
  • Representing apparel company in class action alleging defects and false advertising related to its children’s footwear
  • Secured summary judgment ruling that Plaintiffs lacked standing in suit against water district
  • Part of briefing team that defeated class certification of putative ERISA class action

Pro Bono

  • Compelled government to return non-citizen unlawfully removed from the United States and secured favorable damages settlement after defeating motion to dismiss on issues of first impression in the S.D.N.Y.
  • Evaluated inmates' eligibility for presidential clemency and drafted recommendations to steering committee
  • Researched and contributed to policy work for an anti-human trafficking campaign