Christopher Allegaert

Mr. Allegaert, a founding partner of the Firm, is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer.  He has successfully represented clients in high-stakes litigations and arbitrations involving multinational corporations, financial institutions and accounting firms, and he has negotiated multiple seven and eight figure settlements on behalf of clients.

Mr. Allegaert's practice involves trial, arbitration and mediation work, principally in matters involving accounting, banking, contracts, corporate governance, general commercial, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, securities (including commodities and derivatives), and trusts and estates.  Mr. Allegaert has tried cases in federal and state courts and arbitrated matters before a range of arbitral tribunals.  He regularly advises foreign businesses and financial institutions, lawyers, and law firms with respect to international and domestic transactions and litigations.  Mr. Allegaert has also represented individuals, partnerships and corporations in sensitive investigations by state and federal agencies, including the SEC, state Attorneys General, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Attorney's Office, as well as in matters before self-regulatory organizations including FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange, the NASD and the CFTC. Mr. Allegaert has extensive experience with matters involving state escheatment laws.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Allegaert has taught, written, and lectured on legal subjects. He served for several years as a guest lecturer at the Fordham University School of Law, and has co-authored a number of articles dealing with banking and auditing issues.  He was a panelist in the McGraw-Hill Irwin Accounting Workshop at Pace University addressing "Lessons We Should Learn From Enron", a featured speaker before the Banking Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on issues concerning accounting malpractice, and a faculty member in the Association's Continuing Legal Education program, "Sarbanes/Oxley Act Financial and Accounting Implementation Strategies -- A Look Back, A Look Forward".

Mr. Allegaert was formerly Chairman of, and remains active in, IAG International, an interdisciplinary professional network comprised of over 70 independent law, tax advisory, fiduciary trust and accounting firms from over 30 countries.  Mr. Allegaert is a Trustee of Newark Public Radio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation and the parent of WBGO-FM, Jazz 88.3, and serves as Chairman of its Board.