(August 14, 2019, New York) — Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce that Nate Kritzer has joined the firm’s Complex Commercial Disputes Group as a partner. He will be based in Steptoe's New York office.
Kritzer is a seasoned trial lawyer with a consistent track record of achieving favorable results for clients. His numerous wins for clients in the last two years alone include total defense victories in four different cross-border securities matters, winning dismissal on the merits of multiple securities class action lawsuits against major US companies, winning dismissal of all claims on appeal in a trade secrets case, winning a seven-figure judgment on behalf of an investor in a securities purchase dispute, winning dismissal of four separate consumer class action lawsuits, defeating class certification in another consumer class action matter, and securing dismissal of multiple shareholder derivative lawsuits involving three different companies.
In addition to this spate of recent victories, Kritzer has tried multiple commercial litigation cases successfully, including as first-chair trial counsel. He has also argued and won appeals in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (bankruptcy matters), and New York State's Supreme Court Appellate Division.
"Nate is a skilled litigator who has scored a string of wins for clients over the past two years in all stages of litigation," said Phil West, chair of Steptoe. "Nate brings a practical, business-driven approach to his cases that is a perfect fit for Steptoe. We are delighted to welcome him to our talented and thriving commercial litigation team in New York."
Kritzer remarked: "I'm thrilled to be joining Steptoe and its New York office. Steptoe's deep bench of elite trial lawyers combined with its global reach makes it an ideal fit for my practice."
Steptoe's Complex Commercial Disputes Group handles virtually every kind of complex business dispute in courts and arbitrations throughout the United States and abroad. The firm's commercial litigation practice is ranked Tier 1 nationally in US News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" and has been described by Law360 as a "Litigation Powerhouse." In addition, many of Steptoe's first-chair trial lawyers have been recognized as "MVPs" or "Trial Aces" by Law360, and litigators have garnered accolades from Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Lawyer, and Global Arbitration Review. Steptoe's skilled litigators tackle a host of complex commercial disputes, and have represented clients in almost every imaginable industry, with emphasis in energy, manufacturing, telecommunication, retail and consumer articles, financial services and natural resources. They are particularly well-suited to handle complex, cross-border disputes that require a multidisciplinary approach to dispute resolution.
Kritzer earned his B.M., magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as contributing editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Upon graduation, Kritzer received the Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in commercial law, corporate law, creditor's rights, and securities classes.
In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.