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Martin Klotz
Partner


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Martin Klotz is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Mr. Klotz specializes in white-collar criminal matters and securities regulation and litigation. His commercial practice has a particular emphasis on SEC and other securities industry matters.

Mr. Klotz’s clients include numerous prominent hedge funds and investment advisors. He regularly provides advice on grand jury and SEC investigations of alleged financial offenses.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Klotz has served as a Criminal Justice Act panel attorney, representing more than 75 indigent defendants in a wide variety of federal criminal matters.

Prior Experience

Since joining Willkie in 1991, Mr. Klotz has tried numerous criminal and civil matters to verdict and numerous arbitration matters to final award.

From 1988 through 1991 Mr. Klotz served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, working in the Narcotics and Securities and Commodities Fraud Units, and trying 16 cases to verdict. He began his legal career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Mr. Klotz’s non-legal experience includes serving as Special Assistant to the Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools, New Haven, Connecticut, for various public education issues (1976-81) and Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (1976-78).

Selected Significant Matters
  • In Garcia v. Portuondo, Mr. Klotz won the release, on a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, of a defendant who had been convicted and imprisoned for 15 years for a murder he did not commit. To secure this result, the trial team conducted an extensive reinvestigation of the case and proved, through witnesses and documents, that the defendant was in another country at the time of the murder. In subsequent civil litigation, Mr. Garcia was awarded $6 million for violations of his civil rights.

  • Mr. Klotz has represented Steven A. Cohen and SAC Capital for many years in government investigations of insider trading, including recent significant cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

  • Mr. Klotz also represented SAC Capital in multi-billion-dollar civil RICO actions brought by Biovail Corp. and Fairfax Financial Holdings, Inc. Both cases were dismissed in their entirety, and Mr. Klotz represented SAC in a subsequent vexatious litigation lawsuit against Biovail, which was settled for an apology and the payment of $10 million to SAC.

  • Mr. Klotz currently represents another prominent hedge fund in a $100 million lawsuit arising out of a failed aircraft leasing business.

  • Mr. Klotz secured a non-fraud settlement of SEC claims of extensive short-selling violations against another prominent hedge fund.
Education
1981, Yale Law School, J.D.
1976, Yale University, Ph.D.
1971, Yale University, B.A.

Bar Admissions
New York, 1982

Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2001
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona, 1996
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1985
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York, 1998
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1985


Practice Focus
Litigation
Education
  • 1981, Yale Law School, J.D.
  • 1976, Yale University, Ph.D.
  • 1971, Yale University, B.A.

Bar Admissions
New York, 1982

Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2001
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona, 1996
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1985
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York, 1998
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1985




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