Muhammad Faridi is Counsel in the firm's litigation department. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including disputes related to structured finance transactions, breach of fiduciary duty, international joint ventures, and fraud. He has handled a wide variety of litigation matters at various stages for large financial institutions, such as financial guarantors and hedge funds. 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.
Mr. Faridi has been recognized by several professional associations and organizations. He 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, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project’s TD Bank Champion of Justice Award, and has been recognized for multiple years as a Rising Star in the New York-Metro edition of Super Lawyers.
From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Faridi served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Representation of financial guarantors in multiple breach-of-contract and common law tort disputes involving mortgage-backed securities.
Advising financial institutions in connection with structured finance transactions, including analysis of rights and remedies under transaction documents, assessment of claims seeking repurchase of collateral (“put-backs”), and evaluation of servicers.
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.
White Collar Defense
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.
Representation of a large pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement action involving patents on a consumer product.
Business Reorganization 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.
Advising a large media company with an interest in technology owned by another media company in bankruptcy.
Advising a charitable organization about potential clawback of funds by the SIPA trustee in the Madoff matter.
Representation of a death-row inmate in Missouri in post-conviction collateral review proceedings; the National Governors Association, Council of State Governments, and National Conference of State Legislatures as amici in a case involving the transfer of a prisoner facing the death penalty from state to federal custody; the American Bar Association as amici in a case involving the applicability of the Alien Tort Statute for violations of international law occurring outside of the United States; children with disabilities in a class action against the City of New Orleans; runaway and homeless youth in a class action against the City of New York; an elderly couple in an action against a roofing company; a mentally disabled person in housing court eviction proceedings; an immigrant family in a dispute with landlord over repairs; and serving as a guardian ad litem for a mentally disabled person in housing court and related proceedings, among other matters.
- U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- New York
MEMBERSHIPS: New York City Bar Association – Committee on Capital Punishment (Chair, 2010-2013), Executive Committee (2015-present), Task Force on Mass Incarceration (2015-present); Muslim Bar Association of New York (Board of Directors, 2009-2010); Federal Bar Council Inn of Court
- Co-author, Undoing Time: A Proposal for Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment of Innocent Individuals, 34 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 1 (2012)
- Author, Streamlining Habeas Corpus While Undermining Judicial Review: How 28 U.S.C. 2254(d)(1) Violates the Constitution, 19 St. Thomas L. Rev. 361 (2007)
- Co-author, Guantanamo Bay: An Introduction to the Symposium Issue, 10 N.Y. City L. Rev. (2008)