Biography

Muhammad U. Faridi is a Partner in the Firm's Litigation department. He is a go-to litigator on matters involving disputes relating to breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, commercial real estate, structured finance transactions including RMBS and CMBS, syndicated loan transactions, alleged violations of U.S. sanctions, and international manufacturing supply chain.  He has handled a wide variety of litigation matters at various stages—including jury and bench trials and appeals—for large financial institutions (such as financial guarantors and hedge funds), international manufacturing conglomerates, large pharmaceutical companies, and not-for-profit organizations. He has also advised clients with interests in distressed businesses, and his clients have recouped billions of dollars through litigation and out-of-court settlements.

As a result of his work, Mr. Faridi was named a “2018 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal and has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hotlist” of practitioners for multiple years, including as recently as 2020. Mr. Faridi was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, highlighting his recognition by the Young Lawyers Section of the association for having rendered outstanding service to both the community and legal profession. Mr. Faridi has also received The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for multiple years, MFY Legal Services, Inc.’s Partner in Justice Award, and the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project’s TD Bank Champion of Justice Award. Mr. Faridi was also recognized as the 2017 Law Day Honoree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice “for his outstanding commitment to the legal community.”

Mr. Faridi has also written extensively on commercial litigation in New York. He is the co-editor of Commercial Division Practice Guide (Bloomberg), a treatise that seeks to provide guidance on the process of litigation in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, a court established to enhance the quality of judicial adjudication and to improve efficiency in the case management of commercial disputes in New York. Mr. Faridi is also a contributor to the American Bar Association Section of Business Law's annual review of business courts in the United States. Further, Mr. Faridi is a founding contributor to the Firm’s blog, www.NYCommercialDivisionBlog.com, covering developments related to practice and case law in the Commercial Division and commercial cases in New York appellate courts. He has also made presentations before, among others, the New York State Judicial Institute.

Mr. Faridi is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law where he teaches commercial litigation.  Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. Faridi served as a law clerk to Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Senior U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of New York.

Representative Matters

Complex Commercial Litigation
Ongoing representation of a financial institution in a $2 billion breach-of-contract and fraud action against another large financial institution.

Representation of a financial institution in a breach-of-contract and fraud action resulting in a $995 million settlement for our client.

Representation of a financial institution in a breach-of-contract action resulting in a $400 million settlement for our client.

Representation of a financial institution in a pre-suit settlement of claims where our client recouped $1.1 billion as well as loss-sharing for future losses to our client.

Representation of an international investment conglomerate and holding company in a complex financial fraud action relating to a secured lending facility.

Representation of a hedge fund in enforcement of its right to step-up in the interest rate owed on asset-back securities as a result of defaults by the sponsor in transaction documents.

Manufacturing Conglomerates
Ongoing representation of a large manufacturer of auto parts in an action alleging wrongful termination of a contract and fraud.

Representation of an international joint venture in three lawsuits related to its manufacturing rights resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement that also recognized our client’s rights.

Representation of a large manufacturer of auto parts in an arbitration proceeding alleging inadequate controls.

White Collar Defense
Ongoing representation of a large institution in a civil forfeiture action brought by the U.S. Government and several lawsuits brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

Bankruptcy Litigation and Creditors' Rights
Representation of official committee of unsecured creditors in a large Chapter 11 case involving a multi-state real estate developer with liabilities over a billion dollars.

Representation of bondholders of a large bank in Chapter 7 liquidation.

Representation of a large Brazilian bank in a Chapter 15 proceeding stemming from a judicial recovery proceeding in Brazil.

Pro Bono

Representation of a union of federal government asylum and refugee officers in five lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration’s immigration-related policies (work has been profiled in several publications, such as the New York Times).

Representation of number of refugees from throughout the world (e.g., Honduras, Syria, Pakistan) in U.S. asylum and UNHCR relocation proceedings.

Representation of an abortion provider seeking to void burdensome restrictions on women’s right to choose in Oklahoma.

Representation of two Islamic communities in a federal civil rights lawsuit related to the right to build a house of worship (work has been profiled in several publication, such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal).

Representation of a class of over 4,000 homeless children in an action against the New York City regarding the right to shelter.

Representation of children with disabilities in a class action against the State of Louisiana alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Representation of a death-row inmate in Missouri for six years in several federal and state court challenges seeking to set aside his death sentence, as well as various organizations such as the National Catholic Reporter and National Governors Association as amici in death-penalty litigations.

Representation of mentally disabled persons in housing court eviction proceedings.

Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; Second Circuit; Fourth Circuit; Ninth Circuit
  • New York
  • New Jersey 
Languages
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi
Select Professional Activities
  • Board of Directors, National Center for Law and Economic Justice (2019-present)
  • New York City Bar Association
    • Vice President (2019-2020)
    • Chair, Executive Committee (2018-2019)
    • Chair, Capital Punishment Committee (2011-2014)
    • Task Force on Mass Incarceration (2015-present)
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2020)
  • Board of Directors, Muslim Bar Association of New York (2009-2010)