Vincent Sama is co-chair of the Litigation Department, chair of the Securities and Derivative Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial and financial litigation, securities and derivative litigation, internal and government investigations, international commercial disputes and arbitration.
Vinny’s litigation experience includes representation of companies, Boards of Directors and Special Committees, directors and senior management in matters involving finance, accounting and securities law issues, derivative litigation, insurance/reinsurance, mergers, acquisitions and other corporate dispositions, intellectual property, sports, entertainment, joint ventures and long-term contractual relationships, real estate development and finance and antitrust. He has handled high-profile cases in the state and federal courts of New York, and federal and state courts in various parts of the country, as well as various arbitrations, including proceedings administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the London Court of International Arbitration, New York Stock Exchange, Inc., FINRA and others. Over the past decade, Vinny also has handled many internal and government investigations representing both companies and individuals, including SEC, DOJ, New York Attorney General and FINRA investigations, inquiries or proceedings.
Vinny and his group have been ranked by Chambers USA annually since 2012. In 2016, Chambers USA mentioned that Vinny is “one of the most recognizable commercial and securities litigators in the market” and is considered a “go-to litigator, particularly for financial services disputes.” Chambers has named him a “Recognised Practitioner” in the nationwide category and ranked him in New York. Clients noted to Chambers that he is ‘“exceptionally clever and innovative, with a deep understanding of the law.”’ Also in 2015 and 2016, the Legal 500 United States ranked Vinny’s Securities Litigation Group, based on both his “formidable reputation” and his clients description of him as “one of the top bet-the-company litigators in the country, who consistently comes up with innovative and thoughtful ideas that result in winning strategies.” In 2014, Chambers cited clients who said Vinny ‘“effectively integrates business knowledge and practical instincts with his mastery of the law and court procedures in solving complex legal problems.”’ In 2013, clients noted to Chambers his “‘extremely intelligent and very practical’ approach, [while commenting] that ‘he has great analytical skills and is a good advocate in the courtroom.’” In 2016, his Securities Litigation Group received a top tier ranking in Best Lawyers. Vinny is also recognized for his commercial litigation capabilities in The Best Lawyers in America® (2015, 2016), Legal 500 United States (2016), and Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Litigation and Product Liability (2016).
Vinny’s cases and court appearances are frequently covered by major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and the New York Law Journal.
Representative Securities and Derivative Litigation Experience
- Guevoura Fund Ltd. V. Robert F.X. Sillerman, et al. (S.D.N.Y) (2016) – Representation of independent directors in a consolidated class action securities litigation.
- NY ICE, LLC v. Charles Wang, et al., (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2014) — Representation of defendants in a lawsuit relating to the sale of a portion of their interest in the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.
- In Re Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Shareholder Litigation (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2013–2016) — Representation of defendant Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. in consolidated shareholder class action litigation in connection with Kenneth Cole's proposal to acquire all outstanding shares of the company.
- In Re GLG Partners, Inc. Shareholders Litigation (Court of Chancery, Delaware; New York Supreme Court, New York County) (2010–2011) — Representation of the Special Committee of the independent directors of GLG Partners, Inc. in the defense of shareholder class actions arising out of the GLG-Man Group plc merger, which is the largest hedge fund merger in history.
- Robert J. Walpole v. Smart Molecular Technologies, et al. (Superior Court California, Alameda County) (2011) — Representation of the Special Committee of the independent directors of Smart Molecular Technologies, Inc. in the defense of shareholder class action arising out of a merger.
- Securities and Exchange Commission v. Maurice R. Greenberg and Howard I. Smith (S.D.N.Y.) (2009) — Representation of former officer and director of AIG in a civil enforcement action commenced by the SEC.
- In Re Lehman Brothers Securities and ERISA Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) (2009–2012) — Representation of former officers in certain consolidated securities class action cases.
- In Re American International Group, Inc. Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) (2005–2013) — Representation of former officer and director of AIG in consolidated securities class action litigation.
- CA, Inc. Shareholders’ Derivative Litigation Employee Option Action (E.D.N.Y.) (2006–2008) — Representation of former chairman of company in consolidated derivative litigation concerning employee stock option plans.
- Natalie Gordon, derivatively on behalf of United Rentals, Inc. v. Wayland R. Hicks, et al. (D. Conn.) (2006–2008) — Representation of former director in derivative and securities litigation.
- The Huff Alternative Fund, L.P., et al. v. Paul C. Kanovos, et al. (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2010–2012) — Representation of directors in shareholder derivative litigation.
- In Re American International Group, Inc. Derivative Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) (2005–2011) — Representation of former officer and director of AIG in consolidated derivative litigation.
- Muriel Kaufman v. Sanjay Kumar, et al. and CA, Inc. (Court of Chancery, Delaware) (2006–2007) — Representation of former chairman of company in shareholder derivative litigation.
- American International Group, Inc. Consolidated Derivative Litigation (Court of Chancery, Delaware) (2005–2011) — Representation of former officer and director of AIG in consolidated derivative litigation.
- People of the State of New York v. American International Group, Inc., et al. (New York Supreme Court, New York County) (2005–2016) — Representation of former officer and director of AIG in a Martin Act action by the New York State Attorney General.
- Computer Associates International, Inc. Derivative Litigation (E.D.N.Y.) (2004–2011) — Representation of former chairman of company in consolidated shareholder derivative litigation.
- American International Group, Inc. v. Maurice R. Greenberg, et al. (New York Supreme Court, New York County) (2008–2009) — Representation of former officer and director of AIG in an alleged breach of fiduciary duty case.
Representative Commercial Litigation Experience
- Smile Train, Inc. v. Brian F. Mullaney (S.D.N.Y.) (2012–2013) — Representation of plaintiff in a copyright infringement and unfair competition action.
- Maurice R. Greenberg v. Eliot L. Spitzer (New York Supreme Court, Putnam County) (2013–2014) — Representation of plaintiff in a defamation action.
- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York v. The Incorporated Village of Old Westbury (E.D.N.Y.) (2009–2016) — Representation of plaintiff in an action asserting constitutional claims and claims under the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
- Joralemon Associates, LLC v. Frank Defalco, et al. (New York Supreme Court, New York County) (2011–2014) — Representation of defendants in a shareholder derivative action.
In The Market
- Ten Kaye Scholer Practices Recognized, 29 Individuals Cited in Legal 500 US 2016 June 15, 2016 • Auszeichnungen
- Kaye Scholer Practices and Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2016 May 31, 2016 • Auszeichnungen
- NYLJ Interviews Sama on People v. Greenberg Appeal May 5, 2016 • Schlagzeilen