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Greg Wolfe is a litigator with experience in complex commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels, arbitrations, white-collar defense, and internal investigations.
Greg has represented plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving securities fraud, civil RICO, mergers and acquisitions, civil contempt, multijurisdictional legal and regulatory regimes, contractual interpretation, and partnership disputes. His clients include pharmaceutical companies, energy companies, hedge funds, financial advisers, venture capital funds, financial institutions, insurance companies, corporate officers, and high net worth individuals.
Greg helped secure the dismissal of $3.5 billion civil RICO claims and $400 million civil contempt claims against a large financial institution and of putative securities fraud class actions against an energy company and the former CEO of a large advertising company. He also litigated significant cases to favorable negotiated resolutions, including a breach of fiduciary duty action involving the sale of the largest federally subsidized housing complex in the United States and a historic securities fraud class action against an international client.
In his public interest practice, Greg has represented indigent criminal defendants in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has also litigated on behalf of asylum applicants.
Greg earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as an editor on the Columbia Law Review and as a research assistant for Professor Tim Wu. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Greg is a member of the Federal Bar Council’s Securities Litigation Committee.
Columbia Law School
(J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2014)
Editor, Columbia Law Review
Teaching Fellow, Contracts, Professor Charles Fried, Fall 2012
Teaching Fellow, Secured Transactions, Professor Avery Katz, Spring 2013
Research Assistant, Professor Tim Wu, “The Attention Merchants” (published in 2016)
(B.A., cum laude, History, Psychology, 2008)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Associate 2014-2016, 2017-2018
Law Clerk to the Hon. John G. Koeltl
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2016-2017
Note, Smile for the Camera, the World Is Going to See that Mug: The Dilemma of Privacy Interests in Mug Shots, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 2227 (2013)
Supreme Court Holds That Securities Act Class Actions May Be Brought In State Court, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum (Mar. 27, 2018)
Data Privacy Class Action Against Facebook Survives Motion To Dismiss, Cleary Cybersecurity and Privacy Watch (Feb. 28, 2018)
Cleary Discusses 2017 Developments in Securities and M&A Litigation, The CLS Blue Sky Blog (Feb. 20, 2018)
Illinois Appellate Court Holds That Mere Technical Violations Of Data Privacy Statute Are Insufficient To State A Claim, Cleary Cybersecurity and Privacy Watch (Jan. 11, 2018)
State Bar of New York
United States District Court: Southern District of New York