Robert Sidorsky

Shareholder
New York
sidorsky@butzel.com | P 212 676 3913 | F 212 818 0494

Robert Sidorsky is a shareholder with Butzel Long, practicing in the firm's New York office. He has practiced for over twenty-five years in the area of complex financial litigation and has extensive experience in representing international clients in cross-border litigation and bankruptcy matters. His practice is concentrated in the areas of financial services litigation, accountants' liability, securities litigation, director and officer liability, and bankruptcy-related claims. Mr. Sidorsky graduated from Columbia Law School (J.D., 1982) where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (1982), and Harvard College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979).

Mr. Sidorsky has represented investors, bankruptcy trustees, governmental agencies, and accounting firms in a number of high profile cases arising out of fraudulent financial reporting. He has also acted as litigation and conflicts counsel in significant bankruptcy matters. He has represented both domestic and international clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation, including claims of officer and director liability, securities fraud, fraudulent conveyance claims, lender liability, corporate governance and board election issues, breach of contract and interpretation of financial instruments, misappropriation of trade secrets, automotive supplier disputes, and construction litigation.

Mr. Sidorsky's publications include:

"Litigating Complex Environmental Cases: Strategic Considerations in Bankruptcy," The Bankruptcy Strategist, May 2013

"Edge Act Enables National Banks to Invoke Federal Jurisdiction Over Suits Involving International Banking or Financial Operations," The Banking Law Journal, November/December 2007 (co-author)

"Assessing the Risks of Accounting Fraud," Commercial Lending Review, November-December 2006

"Standing to Sue Under Rule 10b-5: A Fresh Look at the New Investment Doctrine," Securities Law Regulation Journal, Summer 2001 (co-author)

"The Independent Auditor's Consideration of Fraud Following the Reform Act," New York Law Journal, (reprinted in Securities Reform Acts Litigation Reporter), January 24, 1997

"The Auditor's Duty to Blow the Whistle Under the Litigation Reform Act," New York Law Journal (reprinted in Securities Reform Acts Litigation Reporter), February 9, 1996.

Mr. Sidorsky's speaking engagements and events include:

“Current Developments in U.S. Accountants’ Liability: The Madoff Ponzi Scheme and Feeder Fund Litigation Against the Auditors,” Bird & Bird Accountants’ Liability Seminar, Stockholm, June 2015

Chair, "Legal Risks for Accountants: Managing Exposure in a Challenging Market," Incisive Media Conference held in December 2008, at which he presented "Litigation Risks: Update on Legal Developments"

"Let He Whose Executives Were Without Sin Cast the First Stone: Using Management Wrongdoing to Bar Suits by Corporate Plaintiffs and Debtors," panelist, New York State Bar Association 2009 Annual Meeting (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section), January 2009

"Accounting Fraud Case Studies," AICPA/BAI Bank Financial Executives Conference, May 2006

Mr. Sidorsky has been a member of the Board of Advisors of the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York State Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Mr. Sidorsky was a partner at Thacher, Proffitt & Wood LLP and before that a partner at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon LLP.

  • Columbia Law School Law School 1982, J.D.
  • Harvard College Undergraduate 1979, B.A.

New York Metro Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation, 2013-2016

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

American Bankruptcy Institute

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

State Bar of New York

American Bar Association