Gregory A. Blue is a partner in Riker Danzig’s Commercial Litigation Group, resident in the Firm’s New York office. He focuses his practice on complex business litigation, with a particular emphasis on disputes involving financial fraud.
With more than twenty years of experience, Greg represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of cases around the country. In federal court, his experience includes:
- Successfully defending a large financial institution in a putative class action alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and fraud, obtaining dismissal at the pleading stage (Southern District of Indiana)
- Obtaining a $36 million settlement for a family of investors in securities fraud litigation against Tyco International Ltd (District of New Hampshire)
- Obtaining a judgment against a foreign defendant in a case alleging fraud in connection with a reverse merger (Southern District of New York)
- Defending a client alleged to have violated Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act, successfully opposing motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, and prevailing on a motion to dismiss (Southern District of New York)
- Representing venture capital funds sued for alleged tortious interference with contract involving their investments in a portfolio company, winning dismissal at the pleading stage (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
- Representing an investor who brought suit for breach of stock purchase agreements, obtaining a full recovery plus pre-judgment interest on summary judgment (Middle District of Pennsylvania)
- Successfully obtaining dismissal of claims brought against an employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act (Eastern District of New York)
- Obtaining an early settlement of claims against a technology company involving a contract dispute with contractor (Southern District of New York)
Greg’s recent representations in New York State Supreme Court have included:
- Representing the co-owners of a hotel in a dispute with their business partners
- Defending attorneys in cases involving allegations of legal malpractice and fraud
- Representing a large, publicly-traded banking institution in contract litigation involving the sale of real estate in Manhattan
Greg also understands that his clients often are best served by focusing on their business goals, and avoiding litigation if at all possible. To that end, Greg, who is an experienced mediator, has obtained millions of dollars for his clients in pre-litigation settlements of seemingly intractable disputes. Among the matters he has resolved without the need to file a lawsuit are:
- A dispute between investors and a financial institution involving a fraudulently marketed hedge fund investment, resulting in the return of a portion of the investors’ money
- A dispute between co-investors in California real estate, in which Greg negotiated the withdrawal of one of the partners from the venture
- Claims on behalf of limited partners in a partnership that owned an office tower in Texas involving allegations of self-dealing and breach of fiduciary duty by the general partner
Greg also is experienced in bankruptcy-related litigation, representing debtors, official committees, and creditors in complex cases, including Adelphia Communications, Corp. (Counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders), Calpine Corp. (Special Conflicts Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors), and Transmar Commodities Group, Ltd. (a member of the Riker Danzig team representing the Debtor).
Greg is a member of the mediation panel for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also is a member of The George Washington University’s Columbian College Dean’s National Council on Arts and Sciences, and was the first recipient of the annual GWU Luther Rice Leadership Award.
Thomson Reuters has included Greg on the Super Lawyers list for Business Litigation in New York, NY for the years 2015-2017. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Prior to joining Riker Danzig, Greg was a partner at Dilworth Paxson in New York.