Ethan leads the Firm’s practice, and focuses on representing investors and consumers in cases involving securities fraud, other breaches of fiduciary duty, complex commercial disputes, and consumer class actions.
Ethan graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and received his B.A. in political science, with honors, from the University of Chicago.
Ethan began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable Denis R. Hurley, United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York, and was then associated with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he handled both transactional and litigation matters. He later joined Labaton Sucharow LLP, where he focused on the representation of plaintiffs in shareholder litigation.
Ethan has concentrated his practice in the fields of investor and class action litigation, and has represented and advised institutional clients and individuals on claims involving a wide range of matters, including securities fraud, stock options backdating, market manipulation, mergers and acquisitions, and self-dealing transactions by corporate executives. In the past year, he has led trial teams in the Delaware Court of Chancery and New York Supreme Court in commercial and shareholder disputes.
Ethan has authored articles on a range of topics relevant to investor and class action litigation. Recent publications include:
- Death of the Worldwide Class? in BNA’s Securities Regulation & Law Report;
- The Bulwark of Private Enforcement, in Pensions Age magazine;
- Executive Compensation – Despite Reforms, Pay Is Less Transparent and Shareholder-Friendly Than in the Past, in the New York Law Journal;
- When Does a Company Intend to Lie? in Andrews Securities Litigation & Regulation Reporter, and
- Confidential Informants in Private Litigation: Balancing Interests in Anonymity and Disclosure, in the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law (12 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. Law 551 (2007)).
Earlier in his career, Ethan worked in the public and non-profit sectors, where he served as general counsel to the New York City Housing Partnership, held management positions at New York City’s housing and welfare agencies, and later established a community-based job training program for ex-offenders and former welfare recipients in the Bushwick community of Brooklyn, New York.