Walter A. Saurack is a trial attorney with over 20 years of experience in a broad array of complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters, particularly on behalf of financial institutions. Mr. Saurack has successfully litigated matters nationwide before FINRA, the AAA, and in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, including securities, RICO, banking, ERISA, employment, insurance and real estate disputes. Specific experience includes defense of financial institutions in court and before FINRA in disputes related to suitability, churning, selling away, front-running, anti-money laundering, compensation, discrimination, restrictive covenants, and raiding and before FINRA and the SEC in regulatory and criminal matters.
Additionally, Mr. Saurack, whose prior experience includes service as a prosecutor, represents clients in state and federal governmental investigations, before legislative bodies and conducts internal investigations. He is highly experienced in crisis management, public relations and strategic communications programs.
Mr. Saurack is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College.
Areas of Practice
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- White Collar
- Insurance and Professional Liability
- Labor and Employment Law
Defended board of directors in a suit challenging a board election. The Court denied the plaintiffs’ preliminary-injunction application and dismissed their complaint in its entirety, thereby upholding the propriety of an annual meeting to be held pursuant to an emergency COVID amendment to N.Y. Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Sec. 603(a).
- Defeated preliminary injunction application by marina against village regarding inter alia access to village property by non-villagers during COVID-19 pandemic.
- Obtained dismissal of $250 million qui tam tax fraud case related to real estate projects on behalf of real estate developer and co-executives.
- Represented plaintiff convenience store operator against private equity fund in RICO suit related to $60 million dollar pension fund liability.
- Represented real estate developer and executives in the Southern District of New York in defense of $100 million RICO claims related to real estate projects.
- Successfully obtained default judgment on counterclaims, dismissal of adversary’s complaint and attorneys’ fees on behalf of publishing company following a trial on spoliation in the Southern District of New York.
- Tried month-long $50 million credit default obligation securities fraud claim before FINRA on behalf of broker-dealer against major international bank.
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
- Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2020-present
- Satterlee Stephens LLP, 1998-2020
- FINRA arbitrator and chairperson
- AAA trained mediator
- New York State Bar Association
- Committee on Arbitration and ADR
- Employment and Labor Relations Committee
- New York City Bar Association
- Commercial Law & Uniform State Laws Committee, 2012-2014
Civic and Charitable Activities
- Pro Bono Volunteer, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens
- Empire State Counsel Award for Pro Bono Service, 2013
- Volunteer, The Sharing Shelf, White Plains, New York
Volunteer, Part of the Solution at Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, New York
- Co-author, "FINRA Announces Resumption of In-Person Arbitration and Mediation Hearings Beginning July 5," Duane Morris Alert, May 14, 2021
- Co-author, "FINRA Extends General Postponement of In-Person Arbitration and Mediation Hearings, Provides Stats on Use of Remote Hearings," Duane Morris Alert, October 15, 2020
- Co-author, "Court Rules Telephonic Annual Meeting Appropriate During COVID-19 Pandemic Under New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law," Duane Morris Alert, September 18, 2020
- Co-author, "Beware of Pitfalls in Remote FINRA Hearings," Duane Morris Alert, May 26, 2020
- Co-author, "FINRA Makes Changes to Its Rules and Guidance Due to COVID-19," Duane Morris Alert, April 9, 2020
- Co-author, "SEC Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS Compliance Deadline Unchanged Despite COVID-19 Pandemic," Duane Morris Alert, April 9, 2020
- "Ethics and Trial Publicity," New York Law Journal, January 9, 2020
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Panelist, "TRAPS IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION: Ethical, Legal and Practical Considerations for Lawyers When Communicating with the Media and Public," Association of Corporate Counsel, May 12, 2021