Donald S. Zakarin, named as one of the top 100 Attorneys in the New York Metro Area by Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2010, is the Chairman of Pryor Cashman's Litigation Group. He represents clients involved in a broad spectrum of complex legal and business activities, including corporate and securities litigation, antitrust litigation, foreign exchange litigation, copyright and trademark litigation and general commercial litigation. He has successfully defended corporate clients and individual executives and directors in federal securities fraud class actions and shareholder derivative suits and has guided both corporate and individual clients through Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and N.Y. State Attorney General investigations. Mr. Zakarin recently secured the dismissal of a class action brought against a major United States publishing company involving claims of fraudulent concealment.
Mr. Zakarin also secured the dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim by the United States Small Business Administration against the limited partners of a Small Business Investment Company in which the SBA sought to compel the limited partners to fulfill their capital contribution obligations. He also secured a multi-million dollar recovery in resolving the claims of the former manager of a major recording artist and secured a judgement after trial dismissing the authorship claims of a writer respecting a Grammy winning musical composition.
In addition to conducting arbitrations, Mr. Zakarin has been selected to serve as a party-designated arbitrator in a number of complex arbitrations. Mr. Zakarin has served as an arbitrator in two arbitrations involving multi-million dollar claims against feeder funds to Bernard Madoff as well as an international arbitration involving one of the major aluminum producers in the world.
Mr. Zakarin has extensive trial experience, having tried and litigated numerous jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts throughout the country during the past 36 years, including a variety of contract and corporate disputes and intellectual property cases. Mr. Zakarin has represented numerous companies and individuals in copyright, contract and other disputes in the entertainment industry, most specifically in disputes arising in the recording and music publishing industries. Mr. Zakarin has also conducted lengthy arbitration proceedings on behalf of corporate and individual clients.
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Mr. Zakarin has been a litigation partner at Pryor Cashman since 1983. He is a 1975 graduate of New York University School of Law where he was a member of the Journal of International Law and Politics. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Buffalo in 1972 with a major in Management Science and was a member of the national honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma (the national business school honor society).